Police find meth, drug proceeds, guns after man shot in apartment

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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – On July 18, 2021 at approximately 1656hrs, Officers of the Old Orchard Beach Police Department responded to an apartment at 20 Staples Street for the report that a subject had been shot. Officers responded and found a male subject with a gunshot wound to the leg, at which time they applied a tourniquet and took other lifesaving steps until rescue personnel arrived on scene.

The male was immediately transported to Maine Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. While officers were in the residence, they noticed a large number of firearms, ballistic vests, ammunition and other items throughout the residence. Officers executed a search warrant on the residence.

During the search officers located an additional thirty-six (36) firearms, several ballistic vests, replica police identification, thousands of rounds of ammunition, diverted pharmaceuticals, approximately 165 grams of methamphetamine and $13,200.00 in suspected drug proceeds.

Based on the subsequent investigation, Howard T Rowe age 35 of Old Orchard Beach was arrested for Aggravated Trafficking of Scheduled Drugs to wit Methamphetamine Title 17-A Section 1105-A.1.C-1.1 and Violation of Conditions of Release. At the time of the incident Rowe was currently on bail for an unrelated drug charge. Howard Rowe is currently being held at York County Jail without bail. This case is currently under investigation and more charges may be forthcoming. The name of the victim is not being released at this time.

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