Maine State police arrested 10 people and seized methamphetamine labs on Friday in Hollis. COURTESY PHOTO

HOLLIS —  A report of a possible drug overdose led to the arrest of 10 people and the  seizure of methamphetamine labs in Hollis, according to police.

At 11:04 p.m. Thursday, Maine State Police Troop responded to a residence at 114 Killick Pond Road to investigate a reported drug overdose. At the scene, officers discovered several active one-pot style methamphetamine labs inside the home, according to a statement from the state police.

The scene was secured overnight, and on Friday, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Clandestine Laboratory Team executed a search warrant and found eight active one-pot methamphetamine labs and about 25 used labs at the home, according to the statement. Chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine as well as an undisclosed amount of the drug were also discovered.

Those arrested included: Joseph Allman Jr., 54 and his sons Joseph Allman III, 34, Kyle Allman, 31, all of Hollis; Shawn Brown, 35, of Hollis; Sandra Brown, 60; of Hollis; Shelby Morris, 26, of Hollis; Josie Kimball, 28, of Hollis; Derek Berube, 30; of Hollis; Dillan Libby, 28, of Hollis; and Ashley Norton, 27, of Limington.

The three Allmans are charged with operation of a methamphetamine lab, the seven others are charged with criminal conspiracy, according to the statement. All charges are felonies.

The Killick Pond Road home is the residence of the Allman family, said State Police Lt. William Ross on Friday. Many of the others arrested lived in “dilapidated” campers and trailers on the property, he said.

The individual who had overdosed, whose name was not released, was successfully resuscitated after emergency personnel administered naloxone, Ross said. For the EMTs at the scene it was “all hands on deck,” he said, as many of those at the home were having “problems” related to drug use. “These people were in pretty bad shape,” he said.

“These people were manufacturing (methamphetamine) and using it” at the same time, Ross said.

Ross said many of those arrested were familiar to him and had been arrested for drug and other violations in the past.

According to Ross, the use of methamphetamine in Maine is on the rise.

“This stuff is out there, it has been for a while,” but, he said, “we’re seeing it more and more.”

MDEA Supervising Agent Chis Mitchell, based in the Portland office, agreed.

Although tallies of arrests of those using and/or manufacturing methamphetamine aren’t available until the end of the year, Mitchell said he believes methamphetamine usage has increased in the state in recent months. “In my experience in the last couple of months there has been more meth trafficked over state lines.”

According to information from New York, Mitchell said, that state “has definitely seen an uptake,” in use and manufacturing of methamphetamine. “It usually makes its way north,” he said.

“I don’t think we’re seeing more labs,” Mitchell said, but more usage. “The majority of meth (in Maine) is from (out-of-state) distribution networks rather than produced in Maine.”

Six of those arrested were released until their summons date,” said York County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Jasmine Raleigh. She said Joseph Allman Jr. and Joseph Allman III were arraigned Friday, and as of Friday night were being held at the Alfred jail on $25,000 bail each. Kyle Allman is also being held at the jail but has had a court appearance. Raleigh said another of the 10 arrested was being held at the jail but said she did not know his or her name.

Assisting the Maine State Police at the scene were the MDEA, York County Sheriff’s Officet, the Department of Environmental Protection and Hollis Fire/Rescue.

— Associate  Editor Dina Mendros can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 324, or [email protected].

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