Four arrested after MDEA busts Owls Head meth lab

Agents and members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency clandestine lab team process the scene Friday at a home on South Shore Drive in Owls Head where they believe methamphetamines were being manufactured.
Maine Drug Enforcement Agency
Agents and members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency clandestine lab team process the scene Friday at a home on South Shore Drive in Owls Head where they believe methamphetamines were being manufactured.
Posted Nov. 15, 2013, at 1:49 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 15, 2013, at 3:58 p.m.

OWLS HEAD, Maine — Four people were arrested Friday in connection with a suspected methamphetamine manufacturing operation at a South Shore Drive home.

Damien Welch, 22, of California was charged with aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, according to James Pease, a supervisor with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Charged with trafficking in the drug were Travis Batty, 29, and Heather Gregory, 40, who were living in the home, and Anthony Torrey, 22, of California, Pease said.

Bail for all but Welch was set at $10,000 cash each. Welch’s bail was set at $125,000 because of his criminal history and lack of ties to the area, according to MDEA.

The house was located near the Owls Head Baptist Church. MDEA Commander Scott Pelletier said one of the four people in the house was a relative of a 70-year-old man who owns the house.

Pelletier said the lab was a small one, and they were manufacturing the drug through a simple one-pot method. The activities in the house have been under investigation by MDEA and local police for about a month, Pelletier said.

Agents went to the house at 7 a.m. and returned with a search warrant at about 9 a.m. At that point, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency brought in a mobile crime lab. Members of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Owls Head and Rockland fire departments also responded.

Pelletier said the road was blocked off near the house for about four hours because the chemicals used in meth manufacturing are potentially explosive and toxic.

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