Charges dropped in meth lab car case

Dublin man faced drug manufacturing,driving after revocation charges

  • Jesse E. Dennis speaks to his attorney, Meredith Lugo, during his bail review hearing on March 31.  STAFF PHOTO BY NICHOLAS HANDY

  • Jesse E. Dennis COURTESY PHOTO

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:50PM
TimelineJan. 13: Arrested by Keene policeJan. 25: Arraigned at Cheshire Superior CourtJan. 28: DWI, driving after suspension charges not carried forwardMarch 17: Bail hearing, posts $1,000 cash bailMarch 31: Bail review hearing, conditions kept as establi

Charges have been dropped in a case against a Dublin man accused of having a mobile meth lab in his vehicle, according to court officials.

Two charges – attempted manufacture of controlled drugs (methamphetamine) and driving after revocation – were not carried forward against Jesse E. Dennis, 31, earlier this month. Previous charges of DWI and driving after suspension were not carried forward as of Jan. 28. 

Prosecuting attorney Keith Clouatre and defense attorney Meredith Lugo of the NH Public Defenders could not be reached for comment by press time. 

Dennis was originally arrested on Jan. 13 by Keene police, after receiving a call that someone had been driving around the Walmart parking lot, hitting shopping carts. 

After he was arrested, Dennis allegedly told police to be careful near his car as he had the chemicals and equipment needed to make methamphetamine in his car.

Police searched the vehicle the next day, after receiving a warrant. Police allegedly found all of the materials and equipment to make meth in the “one-pot” method, a method used to make smaller batches. Hazardous waste evidence collection expertise/personnel helped conduct the search.

Dennis was released from jail on March 17 after posting $1,000 cash bail after a bail hearing. During the hearing, Dennis had a number of conditions set, which included confinement to his home other than going to work, medical appointments, meeting with counsel, treatment or court hearings. Dennis was also ordered to take meaningful steps to go into treatment for drugs, and to refrain from consuming alcohol or possessing a firearm or other dangerous weapons.

Dennis’ conditions were kept in place after a March 31 review hearing, after it was determined that he had made meaningful steps to enter treatment. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.