On May 14, Maine Drug Enforcement Agents from the North Central Task Force in Bangor charged 26-year-old Zachary Faulkner of Danforth with trafficking in methamphetamine, a Class B felony.
During the evening of Tuesday, May 13, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency was asked by Maine State Police to respond to the southbound lane of I-95 near the Penobscot/Aroostook County line near Sherman. This request was made as part of an investigation into a single-vehicle crash where troopers discovered that the driver (Faulkner) was in possession of suspected methamphetamine. In addition, in the trunk of the vehicle operated by Faulkner, Troopers located evidence consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine using a method commonly referred to as “shake and bake” or “one pot” method.
Personnel from MDEA’s clandestine laboratory team responded and confirmed the presence of a number of items used in the methamphetamine manufacturing process. Faulkner’s vehicle was secured and towed to Bangor where a search warrant was obtained and executed on the car by members of MDEA’s clandestine lab response team.
During the search, a significant amount of evidence was gathered which supported the fact that Faulkner intended to, or was actively involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Faulkner, who was already at the Penobscot County Jail on charges from the Maine State Police, was also charged with Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (methamphetamine-based), in part, on evidence gathered during the search.
MDEA was assisted during the search of the truck by the Maine DEP and the Bangor Fire Department. This marks the 12th meth lab that MDEA has responded to this year.