The defense for accused South Thomaston methamphetamine trafficker Paul Mahonen Jr. filed a motion earlier this month to suppress evidence seized in a February raid of Mahonen's rented home.

Mahonen, 35, is charged with aggravated trafficking of methamphetamine. He is still held at Knox County Jail.

Attorney Jeremy Pratt contends that evidence seized Feb. 19 by law enforcement was obtained in violation of Mahonen's constitutional rights pursuant to the Fourth Amendment.

When Leonard D. Wells of Greenbush was arrested Feb. 19 at the same St. George Road residence, officials took a Mason jar from the garage that was coated with a white residue on the inside, said court documents. The defense filing did not specify if the jar was the evidence illegally taken.

The contents of the jar tested positive for methamphetamine.

When officials returned Feb. 26 to search the home of Mahonen, he admitted to making "one pot" or "shake and bake" method methamphetamine, according to a criminal complaint.

The defendant further states he was not given a Miranda warning — violating the Fifth and Sixth Amendments — and his statements were involuntary.  Therefore, the defense seeks all statements after Feb. 19 made to police by Mahonen be dismissed, according to the filing.

The motion also seeks Wells' interview by Maine Drug Enforcement Agents, the search warrant dated Feb. 25, and all evidence taken from the St. George Road home where both were arrested be thrown out, according to court documents.

In the filing, Pratt said the seizure was illegal as it violated his clients rights.

Mahonen's bail was also amended April 24 to $10,000 cash and $50,000 surety. If Mahonen posts bail, he will be confined to house arrest — excluding legal and counseling appointments, according to court documents.

Mahonen was convicted in October in Knox County Superior Court for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, a class C offense.

Mahonen is expected back in court June 10.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.