Hotel room searched after mobile meth lab busted



Update: Officials called in the bomb squad late Friday afternoon after a suspicious item was found in one of the vehicles.

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ELLSWORTH — A Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) Hazardous Materials team searched a Hampton Inn hotel room this afternoon during the course of an investigation into a mobile methamphetamine lab.

Ellsworth Police Lt. Harold Page said three people are suspected of operating a meth lab out of a pickup truck and a car.

“It appears there’s a cook going on,” Page said.

Authorities may be on the scene for several hours, said MDEA Chief Roy McKinney.

McKinney was in Bar Harbor this morning speaking at a conference when he was advised of the possible meth operation and spent most of the afternoon at the hotel.

Page said the three suspects had rented a room for the past two days.

After processing the room, the hazmat team was to move outside to begin processing the two vehicles.

Police were called to the Hampton Inn around 9:30 p.m. after a hotel employee noticed what looked like someone going through vehicles in the parking lot.

Police searched the room, which showed evidence of drug activity, Page said. From there, they searched vehicles belonging to the group.

“A container in the truck looked like it had something going on,” Page said. That’s when police notified the MDEA.

Chemicals used for manufacturing the highly addictive drug are “extremely hazardous,” Page said.

“This is our first meth case,” Page said. “This is absolutely the first time we’ve seen this.”

Jessica Jones, 29, of Fort Fairfield was charged with trafficking a Schedule W drug Class B, two misdemeanor counts of possession of a Schedule W drug and misdemeanor possession of a Schedule Z drug.

Weatherbee charged Ezra Brady, 22, of Bridgewater on a charge of trafficking a Schedule W drug Class B.

Jesse Sawyer, 31, of Linneus was charged with two Class B counts of trafficking a Schedule W drug and on an Aroostook County warrant charging failure to appear.

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The bust occurred after police investigated a complaint from someone at the hotel.

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