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Easton man charged a second time with trafficking methamphetamine

Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency search a 1999 Ford in Houlton on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 in connection with an investigation into the production of methamphetamine. Agents charged the car's owner Brian White with trafficking in meth as part of an ongoing investigation.
By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Monday charged an Easton man with trafficking in methamphetamine and violating conditions of release after executing a search warrant on his vehicle earlier in the day, according to the MDEA.

Brian White, 31, had been out on bail on similar trafficking charges filed after agents said they found evidence of methamphetamine production during searches in August of his Route 1A mobile home in Easton and his 1999 Ford Taurus.

Then on Saturday, members of the Maine State Police were called to a burglary in Easton. Trooper Chad Fuller and his K-9 tracking dog Gleni were led from the crime scene to White’s current residence on Bangor Road, according to information released Monday by Darrel Crandall of the MDEA.

The subsequent investigation led officers to again search White’s vehicle in which they noticed items used in the making of methamphetamine, according to Crandall. That initial search was suspended for safety concerns, however, and the vehicle was secured and towed to the impound lot at the Maine State Police barracks in Houlton. It was there that MDEA agents were joined by members of the Houlton Fire Department and Maine Department of Environmental Protection in concluding the search Monday that led to the most recent charges against White, Crandall said.

Late Monday, Crandall said the lab team had completed its examination of the vehicle.

“Team members seized a considerable amount of evidence from the vehicle including numerous reaction vessels used to make methamphetamine and components necessary to make the drug,” Crandall said in a prepared statement.

Processing that evidence will be slowed down due to its highly volatile and flammable nature, he said, adding that the materials needed to be sampled and neutralized.

“The evidence seized today strongly suggests Mr. White has made and/or attempted to make methamphetamine on several occasions since his arrest in August of this year,” Crandall said.

White was arrested and charged with the new count of trafficking in methamphetamine and with violating conditions of release. Crandall said more charges could be filed in connection with the case. White remained at the Aroostook County Jail on Monday afternoon.

More arrests also are likely over the next few days as the investigation continues, Crandall said, adding this is the 13th seizure of meth making items in Maine this year, eight of which have been in Aroostook County.

Information on drug crimes may be reported to MDEA at 800-452-6457, MDEA’s website or at MDEA’s smartphone application for iPhone and Android at MyPD.

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