WESTBROOK — A routine traffic stop in the early morning hours Sunday, Oct. 14, on the corner of Warren Avenue and Cumberland Street led to the discovery of a mobile methamphetamine laboratory.
“Officers stopped a vehicle driven by Tori Turner for a vehicle defect. During the course of the stop they developed probable cause to search the vehicle. As a result they discovered a one-pot methamphetamine lab in the trunk of the car,” Westbrook Police Capt. Sean Lally said in an email to the American Journal.
Specially trained agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, assisted by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, responded and removed the hazardous material, Lally said.
Turner, 33, a resident of Hiram, was arrested and charged with unlawful operation of a methamphetamine laboratory and violating condition of release. Joseph Loscuito, 32, of Westbrook and Shelby Morris, 26, of Portland were also arrested and charged with unlawful operation of a methamphetamine lab.
The one-pot methamphetamine laboratory, also called a “shake and bake,” is a method of manufacturing the drug on the move by mixing cold medication with common household chemicals in a soda bottle. Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant that can be smoked, snorted, smoked or orally ingested.
The one-pot method is an attempt to skirt the Maine law that limits the amount of medication an individual can buy to make methamphetamine. According to the Maine Methamphetamine Prevention Project, this method can produce less than two ounces of the drug in a half hour. Most of the methamphetamine in the state is made through this method.
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