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Four arrested in connection with Franklin County meth lab

Courtesy of Maine State Police
Courtesy of Maine State Police
Police investigate a suspected methamphetamine lab in the Franklin County town of Phillips on Tuesday.
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

PHILLIPS, Maine — Four people were arrested on Tuesday as police combed through and dismantled a pair of reported methamphetamine labs in Franklin County.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said two men and two women were arrested in connection with the 17th meth lab discovered in the state this year.

Arrested and charged with methamphetamine trafficking were: Jason Fowler, 39, of Chesterville; Michael Halle, 45, of Phillips; Erin Smith, 42, of Ocala, Florida; and Kimberly Webber, 25, of Vienna, McCausland said.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nicholas, a detective saw Fowler driving a Jeep Cherokee on Route 4 on Monday night, and knowing Fowler did not have a driver’s license, the detective pulled the vehicle over.

Evidence of methamphetamine trafficking from the stop led police to search a home in Phillips owned by Halle, according to McCausland, and a search warrant was obtained for both the house and the vehicle. The spokesman said drug agents in protective suits with ventilation gear searched the house and the vehicle, and an undisclosed amount of drugs were discovered in both locations.

In addition to the trafficking charge, Fowler also was charged with operating without a license. All four suspects were taken to the Franklin County Jail.


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