Owls Head woman to serve 15 months for meth lab operation

By Juliette Laaka | Aug 28, 2014
Source: Knox County Jail Heather Gregory.

Rockland — A 41-year-old Owls Head woman was sentenced to serve 15 months in prison Aug. 27  for her role in operating a methamphetamine lab on South Shore Drive.

Heather Gregory pleaded guilty to one count of felony trafficking in methamphetamine. The sentence imposed by Justice Joyce Wheeler was six years in prison with all but 15 months of the sentence suspended. Gregory was also ordered to follow terms of probation for two years.

Gregory's co-conspirators, Travis Batty, 30, of Rockland, and Anthony Torre, 22, of California, were sentenced earlier this year to serve four and three years in prison, respectively. A fourth person involved, Damien Welch, has not yet been sentenced.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agents raided a home on South Shore Drive in Owls Head Nov. 15, 2013, seizing evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing.

Agents executed a search warrant at 21 South Shore Drive and spent five hours processing the scene, said Scott Pelletier of the MDEA in November.

Agents wearing hazardous materials protection suits entered the home and gathered evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing. Pelletier said it appears the drug had been produced a number of times at that location.

The chemicals used in the process of making the drug are both toxic and potentially explosive, according to officials at the scene.

Pelletier said the suspects used a "one-pot" method to produce the drug, which is a less refined version of crystal methamphetamine. Agents dismantled five containers inside the home where meth was suspected to have been made, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

Agents had been investigating the location for about a month, Pelletier said.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@villagesoup.com.

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