ELLSWORTH, Maine — A local man and two people described as transients from Bangor have been arrested in connection with a methamphetamine lab bust Thursday at a downtown side street apartment, according to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Jack Lint, 34 and Bridgett Spencer, 30, both of Bangor, each were arrested on drug charges, MDEA Commander Peter Arno said in a prepared statement. Lint has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Class C felony charge, while Spencer has been charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, a Class B felony.
In Maine, Class B crimes are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000 while Class C crimes are punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Also arrested was Stanley Swallow, 30, of Ellsworth, on a probation violation. Swallow is believed to be a tenant of the apartment where the bust took place Thursday morning.
The building on the corner of Hancock and Spruce streets, which includes a pizza shop, was evacuated while police searched the property. Police cruisers blocked part of Spruce Street, which runs behind the local post office. Tape marked the perimeter of the search area, while officers in hazmat suits searched through the second-floor apartment, a two-door Hyundai car, a 1999 Ford van and a dumpster in the dooryard.
The building is across Spruce Street from United Baptist Church of Ellsworth, which is hosting some of the local YMCA child-care programs while the Moore Center on State Street is undergoing renovations.
Agents executed the search warrant after they received a tip earlier in the week, according to Arno. They collected a substantial amount of evidence that indicated a “one pot” or “shake and bake” method of manufacturing meth had been used at the property, he said.
According to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for Maine Department of Public Safety, Thursday’s bust is the second meth lab seized and searched this week by MDEA, the first being in Newfield Tuesday.
“This brings to 14 the number of meth labs responded to this year in Maine, compared to 20 for all of 2013,” McCausland said.
It is the second meth lab bust in Ellsworth in recent memory, according to police. The first occurred last October, when police, while responding to a complaint of suspicious activity, found a mobile meth lab in a vehicle parked outside the Hampton Inn on High Street.
Officials from Ellsworth police and fire departments, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the county’s emergency management agency and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection assisted MDEA at the scene Thursday.