Feds file charges in meth lab case

Dublin man arraigned in U.S. District Court

  • Jesse E. Dennis COURTESY PHOTO

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

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 8:24PM

Federal charges have been brought against a Dublin man charged with driving a car that contained everything needed to manufacture meth.

Jesse E. Dennis, 31, has been arraigned on two charges – attempt to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of materials to manufacture methamphetamine – by the U.S. District Court in Concord, according to court documents. Dennis has entered a plea of not guilty on both charges.

Dennis was initially arrested in Keene on Jan.13, after allegedly driving into shopping carts in the Walmart parking lot. Dennis was charged with DWI, driving after suspension, and attempted manufacture of controlled drugs at the state court level, but they were all dropped.

According to Don Feith, who works at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in N.H., a five year sentence would be “not uncommon” for a guilty finding. Feith said penalties listed under the US Codes, which carry prison sentences of up to a 10 year to life sentence, would likely not be used because there was no amount of drugs listed in Dennis’ indictment.

A trial for Dennis is scheduled to begin on Aug. 16, with a pre-trial date of Aug. 2. The trial was initially scheduled to begin on June 21, with a pre-trial on June 2, but Dennis’ attorney, Jeffrey S. Levin of the Federal Public Defender Office, filed a motion to continue the trial.

The court has made a recommendation that Dennis be allowed entrance into the Therapeutic Community Program at the Strafford County House of Corrections.

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