WOODLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- MDEA Agents from the Aroostook County Task Force, assisted by the Aroostook County Sheriff's Department, executed a search warrant on the home of Lance and Kathryn Ellison in Woodland.
MUGSHOTS: Arrests and bath salt seizure
This warrant was the result of a several month investigation into the distribution of synthetic hallucinogens, so-called "bath salts", in Central Aroostook County. During the search of the residence, agents and deputies located and seized, a shotgun, a loaded 9mm handgun, $6,760, 3.39 pounds of a-PVP aka: "bath salts", with a street value of $308,000, numerous laptop computers, cell phones, along with other evidence of drug trafficking. In addition to the a-PVP, agents also seized a quantity of the prescription drugs Suboxone and Fentanyl.
As a result of the investigation, 44 year old Lance Ellison, was charged with Aggravated Trafficking in a Schedule W drug and possession of a firearm by a felon. At the time of his arrest, Ellison was also on probation for being in possession of a firearm by a felon. Ellison's criminal record includes a 1990 armed robbery conviction for which he received a 10 year sentence, a 2003 aggravated trafficking in heroin conviction for which he received an 8 year sentence, and a 2013 conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon. Ellison's current drug charges were aggravated due to the seizure of a loaded firearm located near where the drugs were seized and because of his 2003 heroin conviction.
Ellison's wife, 41 year old Kathryn Ellison, was charged with Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W drugs.
The Ellison's will be arraigned later today in Houlton. Currently, bail is set at $100,000 cash on Kathryn. A probation hold was placed on Lance Ellison and bail has not currently been set.