A Lebanon man found guilty of methamphetamine trafficking charges has had his conviction vacated by the state’s highest court because he had not manufactured the drug before he was arrested.
Aaron Lowden was arrested in January 2012 and convicted after a jury trial in 2013.
Police investigated after his landlady became suspicious.
A search by agents for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency found various chemicals in the room Lowden was renting, as well as laboratory equipment and a book describing the process of manufacturing meth.
WMTW-TV reported that the Maine Supreme Judicial Court pointed out that there was no evidence that Lowden made or possessed methamphetamine.
The case was sent back to the lower court for consideration of a lesser charge.