HOULTON, Maine — The case against a Hodgdon woman who was arrested with two other individuals in January 2013 after an alleged methamphetamine lab was discovered near downtown Houlton continues to linger in the court system.
Aroostook County Assistant District Attorney Kurt Kafferlin said Thursday that Crystal Dehahn, 27, has requested a jury trial and that it could be several months before a trial is held.
Two other individuals arrested alongside Dehahn last year — Jammie Dickinson, 28, and Kyle Stewart, 26, both of Houlton — have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from their involvement in the case and already been sentenced.
The three each were charged on Jan. 29, 2013, with trafficking in methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of a minor after agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency searched a home on Military Street.
Darrell Crandall, who was then MDEA division commander, said that MDEA’s lab team executed a search warrant at an apartment at 60 Military St. after reports of criminal drug activity and strong chemical odors. There also were reports of children living in the apartment.
Crandall is now the chief deputy at the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department.
At the time, he said that agents arrived to interview Dickinson and Stewart and found a toddler present. Based upon the reports to police and observations made during that visit, all occupants of the apartment building were evacuated.
Houlton police officers and MDEA agents secured the property while other MDEA agents obtained a search warrant.
Later that evening, MDEA’s lab team entered the apartment and agents seized chemicals, solvents, equipment and other materials used to make methamphetamine. Agents also seized strips of lithium metal, a highly flammable component of methamphetamine, that were hidden inside a child’s shirt near where the child sleeps.
Stewart, Dickinson and Dehahn were arrested.
According to records at Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton, Dickinson pleaded guilty to unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs and endangering the welfare of a minor on June 3, 2013. She received 5 years with all but 12 months suspended on the trafficking charge, along with two years of probation and numerous bail conditions. She will be required to pay $4,000 restitution to the MDEA along with a $400 fine. She received a 90-day sentence for endangering the welfare of a minor, to be served concurrent to the trafficking charge.
Stewart was sentenced on Feb. 19, 2014. He received a four-year sentence for unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, with all but 12 months suspended, along with three years of probation and numerous bail conditions. He received a six-month sentence for endangering the welfare of a child, to be served concurrent to the trafficking charge. He must also pay a $400 fine.
Trafficking in methamphetamine, a Class B crime, is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class D crime, is punishable by no more than 1 year in prison and up to a $2,000 fine.