January 24, 2021

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Crystal Meth is on the rise in Maine (step by step)

Crystal Meth is on the rise in Maine (step by step)

Meth, coming from the cartels in Mexico, is quickly replacing opioids as one of the biggest threats in Maine’s drug crisis

MAINE, USA — It’s no secret Maine has a drug problem. 

In the last few years, opioids, such as heroin, fentanyl, or OXY  have been at the forefront of the crisis, but that’s starting to change. 

 Methamphetamine is quickly becoming a big concern as well.

“Like the rest of the drugs it comes from the southern border, from the cartels,” says Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Cmdr. Scott Pelletier.

Pelletier says the Mexican cartels have already established routes in the U-S. For the Northeast, they start in New York, go through Hartford, CT, to Lawrence or Lowell, Massachusetts, and up Interstate 95 to Maine.

Pelletier says his undercover agents and uniformed officers are seeing more and more crystal meth in Maine. 

“In 2017 we only seized 166 grams. In 2018 we seized 4 1/2 kilos. A kilo is 2.2 lbs.”

That is a 2700% increase.

“It’s all about the money.”

Pelletier says the same people trafficking heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine in Maine have simply added Crystal meth for sale to their lists of products.  

“Often dealers will front or give some of (the drug) for the first time to see what customers think and once you’re hooked, they’ve got you.”

Because crystal meth is now more available and the street price is similar to other drugs, MDEA agents are seeing fewer people making what’s called dirty meth or one pot.

“Why buy the chemicals and risk mixing it when you can spend a little more and buy better quality meth.”

Crystal Meth, which is usually smoked with a glass pipe, is a powerful, highly addictive drug that is entirely different from opioids.

“There is no Narcan for meth, someone overdosing on meth is violent, out of control, it’s affecting them psychologically.”

Sahrbeck says whether it’s meth or opioids stopping the problem before it becomes one, is key.

“The easy way to do it prevents people from ever going down that path and getting that education and early prevention out there and understand what causes people to use drugs in the first place, that’s one of the key things we need to do as a community.” 

BELFAST, Maine — The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said two inmates participating in the reentry program of the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center walked away from the facility Tuesday evening.

The residential center in Belfast is designed to give incarcerated men the skills and experience they need to live successfully as citizens and employees after they transition into their home communities. 

Dakota Raven, 24, of Knox and Cameron Dana, 24, of Owls Head were both assigned to facility maintenance duties which include removal of rubbish from the facility. While performing those duties both individuals broke custody by walking away from the facility, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office does not believe that either of these individuals poses a risk to public safety. Both individuals are sentenced and classified as minimum security. 

Dakota Raven was sentenced to traffic offenses including eluding an officer, criminal speed, and operating without a license. Cameron Dana was sentenced on the charge of escape, which was the result of his violation of a home release program.

Sheriff’s Office personnel have been conducting an investigation into the break of custody throughout the night. 

Anyone with information regarding the location of these two men is asked to contact the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office at (207) 338-2040.

“There is no room in our community for illegal drugs and the problems they bring into our neighborhoods,” Buxton police said.