BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has charged a Danforth man with trafficking in methamphetamine, a Class B felony, Cmdr. Peter Arno said Wednesday in a news release.
At the time he was charged on Wednesday, Zachary Faulkner, 26, already was in jail from state police charges of driving to endanger and unlawful drug possession, a Penobscot County Jail official said.
Faulkner remained at the county lockup on Wednesday. He was unable to post $1,000 bail.
Arno said that on Tuesday evening, the Maine State Police asked the MDEA to come to the southbound lane of Interstate 95 near the Penobscot-Aroostook County line near Sherman.
“This request was made as part of an investigation into a single-vehicle crash, where troopers discovered that the driver was in possession of suspected methamphetamine,” Arno said. “In addition, in the trunk of the vehicle operated by Faulkner, troopers located evidence consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine using a method commonly referred to as the ‘shake and bake’ or ‘one pot’ method.”
Personnel from MDEA’s clandestine laboratory team went to the scene and confirmed the presence of a number of items used in the methamphetamine manufacturing process, Arno said.
Faulkner’s vehicle was secured and taken to Bangor. On Wednesday, a search warrant was obtained and executed on the vehicle by members of the clandestine lab response team.
During the search, a significant amount of evidence was gathered which supported the fact that Faulkner intended to or was actively involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine, Arno said.
MDEA was assisted during the search by the personnel from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Bangor Fire Department, Arno said. He added that this is the 12th meth lab that the MDEA has dealt with so far this year.