Husband, wife arrested in Aroostook County bath salts bust


WOODLAND — A husband and wife were in custody Friday after Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officials raided their Aroostook County residence Thursday.

Lance Ellison, 44, and his wife Kathryn, 41, are both accused of aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs after bath salts, valued at $308,000, were found at their home, MDEA Commander Peter Arno said.

The search warrant stemmed from an investigation into the distribution of bath salts in central Aroostook County, according to Arno.

In addition to the bath salts, police also found a shotgun, a loaded 9mm handgun, numerous laptop computers, cell phones and the prescription drugs Suboxone and Fentanyl.

The seizure of the drugs highlights the high quantities of bath salts that continue to dominate the drug market in rural northern Maine.

Lance Ellison has a prior conviction for trafficking heroin in 2003, Arno said.

Both Ellisons were brought to the Aroostook County Jail. Kathryn’s bail was set at $100,000 cash while Lance’s has not been set.

The duo was expected to appear in court in Houlton on Friday.