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Police discover meth lab while investigating abuse report

By Fran Gonzalez | Jan 13, 2020
Courtesy of: Waldo County Sheriff's Office Jacob M. Webber

Jackson — Jacob M. Webber, 29, was arrested Jan. 10 and charged with unlawful operation of a methamphetamine lab and endangering the welfare of a child.

Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton said the report initially came in as a potential child abuse case. Regional School Unit 3 Resource Officer Jordan Tozier went to the student's home along with a Department of Health and Human Services worker and spoke with the child's mother, who denied any abuse or that the student's father lived at the house.

According to DHHS, Webber had previously served a sentence for operating a meth lab and they believed he was still living at the address.

Tozier and the DHHS worker were given permission to do a safety sweep of the house for chemicals or other hazards associated with the production of meth. During the search they discovered Webber hiding in a closet covered with a blanket, along with paraphernalia associated with meth production.

According to the police report, Webber said items found associated with meth at the mobile home were old and that he was "not doing this type of activity anymore."

A search warrant was obtained and executed by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. The Department of Environmental Protection was also called in to assist with the cleanup.

Three children who are known to be living at the home were transported to Waldo County General Hospital by family members and evaluated for exposure to the lab and chemicals found at the home.

Because he is charged with a felony, a plea of not guilty was automatically entered for Webber at his arraignment Jan. 13. A $15,000 cash bail was set with the conditions that he is not to use or possess alcohol, illegal drugs or firearms, must submit to searches and is not to have contact with any of the three children at the home or at school. His next court appearance is set for Feb. 25.

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