Biddeford man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine

Joshua Jernquist
Joshua Jernquist
Posted Nov. 29, 2013, at 11:47 a.m.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — A Biddeford man is facing a drug trafficking charge after his arrest on Wednesday, according to police.

Joshua St. Jernquist, 28, is accused of trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony which could send him to prison for up to 10 years.

The investigation started when Biddeford police were called to a Bacon Street apartment on Nov. 23 for a burglary in progress, according to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency commander Scott Pelletier.

Police were met by a building manager, who interrupted the alleged burglary, which prompted the suspect to flee, Pelletier said.

Upon investigation, police alertly recognized a chemical odor along with materials used to manufacture methamphetamine where the suspect had been, Pelletier said. A partial evacuation of the premises occurred and Biddeford firefighters responded due to a potential fire hazard.

A number of items were identified at the scene and used as evidence, and hazardous materials were safely removed from the building.

Interviews led police to St. Jernquist, who was identified as the suspect and was arrested without incident as his residence Wednesday, Pelletier said. He is being held on $5,000 bail at the York County Jail.

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