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Posted: Friday, October 27, 2006 1:00 am

Old Orchard Beach police arrested seven people and confiscated cocaine, ecstasy and crack during an investigation at an Old Orchard Beach motel room Saturday night.

Deputy Chief Keith Babin said officers began to watch a West Grand motel after police received a call at about 1 a.m. reporting "a lot of people coming and going from a motel room…" in the beachfront area.

The tip prompted officers to begin watching the motel. The first arrests of the morning came at 1:45 a.m. after officers watched two people leave the motel and stopped a vehicle on Greenacres Road. In a search, police found crack and 120 pills of ecstasy, according to Babin.

Lance McKay, 22, of 6 Harvey St. in Biddeford, was charged with two counts of drug trafficking; violating of conditions of release; operating with a suspended license and failure to provide a correct name, address and date of birth. His passenger, Jonathan Methot, 20, 328 South St. in Biddeford, was charged with two counts of drug trafficking.

Police stopped a vehicle on Saco Avenue at 4:30 a.m. and arrested two more men on drug charges. Todd Hanson, 35, of 68 Raymond St. in Biddeford, and Chad Burns, 24, of 25 Central St. in Saco, were both charged with possession of cocaine. Burns was also charged with a probation violation.

Just after 7:40 a.m., police stopped and arrested Matthew Binette, 21, of 7 Debbie Ave. in Biddeford, after they said they saw him leave the motel room. Binette was charged with possession of cocaine and sale and use of drug paraphernalia after police said they found a pipe containing cocaine residue in his possession. The location of the traffic stop was not included in Babin's release.

Police obtained a search warrant on the basis of the three traffic stops and searched the motel room. Arrested were Jamison Snyder, 34, of Lebanon and Christie Adams, 19, of 77 Hill St. in Biddeford. Both Adams and Snyder were charged with possession of cocaine base. In addition, Snyder was charged with trafficking in ecstasy and failure to provide a correct name, address and date of birth. He was also arrested on a warrant for burglary and robbery. Adams was arrested and charged with violating conditions of release.

All the suspects were taken to York County Jail. All made a first court appearance on Monday, according to a corrections officer at the jail. McKay, Methot and Binette had been released on bail by Tuesday afternoon.

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