A big bath salts bust in Aroostook County. That's where a husband and wife are accused of selling large quantities of the illegal drug. Maine drug agents and local sheriff's deputies raided a home yesterday in Woodland. They say they seized more than 3 pounds of the hallucinogen, along with prescription drugs, guns and other evidence of drug trafficking. As a result of the bust, 44 year old Lance Ellison was charged with drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Officials say he had also been charged in the past with armed robbery and drug trafficking and that's one of the reasons he wasn't supposed to have any guns. His 41 year old wife, kathryn ellison was also charged with aggravated drug trafficking. Maine drug officials say the bust was the result of a months long investigation and that it highlights the disurbing fact that bulk quantities of bath salts continue to dominate the drug market in all areas of the state.
Attorney General Janet T. Mills announced today that her Office has filed a lawsuit in the Penobscot County Superior Court against Glenn A. Geiser, Jr. and his dealerships – Bangor Car Care, Inc., Bumper2Bumper, Inc. and My Maine Ride – for unfair and deceptive trade practices in connection with the promotion and sale of used cars.
The complaint alleges that the defendants target consumers with poor credit who need financing, pressure them to buy cars that are not road worthy and then not respond to customer complaints. The State is seeking civil penalties and a permanent injunction to bar Geiser and any entity in which he has an ownership interest from promoting, selling and/or financing used cars.
“These kinds of practices give Maine businesses a bad name,” said Attorney General Mills. “Targeting vulnerable people and duping them into buying cars that are not safe not only defrauds the consumer but puts every person traveling our roads at risk. We intend to put a stop to it.”
Typically, consumers at Geiser’s businesses are shown cars that failed to pass inspection so they cannot be taken out for a test drive. Known mechanical defects are not disclosed to the consumer, as required by State law. When a consumer decides to buy, defendants complete the financing documents and tell the consumer to return at a later date to pick up the car after it has gone into the shop for an inspection sticker. Many consumers already desperate for transportation are unable to get their cars when promised, and some have made payments on cars they did not receive. Some discover after they take delivery that their cars should not have passed inspection. Many cars break down or develop serious mechanical issues soon after purchase, but the defendants refuse to fix the problems. The Attorney General’s complaint also alleges that the defendants’ response to consumer complaints is rude and abusive and calculated to discourage consumers from seeking redress. These acts also constitute an unfair trade practice.
The Maine State Police and the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles assisted with the Attorney General’s investigation.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) has found evidence of two methamphetamine labs in Oxford County this morning following a series of police raids. Drugs agents, along with State Police and the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, served search warrants at five houses in Oxford, Greenwood, Albany, Mason Township and Gilead this morning. In addition, they plan to search a pickup truck found in the parking lot near the Flagship Cinema, along Route 26 in Oxford.
MDEA say they found evidence of meth labs in the pickup truck, and the house in Gilead. Five people are being detained and questioned. At this point – no one has been arrested.
The process of producing methamphetamine can be highly explosive. MDEA’s meth lab team will conduct the searches throughout the day. The team will be in protective suits with ventilation gear, and local fire departments on standby . The Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the federal DEA also are taking part. Last year 20 meth labs were discovered in Maine, an all-time record.
More info is likely later in the afternoon after the searches have been completed.