HOULTON, Maine — A Florida man and a Houlton woman were arrested late last week and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine after agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reportedly uncovered evidence indicating the suspects had been involved in operating methamphetamine labs in the community.
Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander, released news of the arrests of Kenneth Williams, 41, of Lakeland, Fla., and Melissa Tidd, 28, of Houlton early Monday evening.
Williams was arrested on Thursday by MDEA agents while he was in Bangor. Tidd was arrested in Houlton that same day.
Members of the MDEA’s enforcement team, equipped with air tanks and wearing chemical and fire-resistant clothing, first converged late last Monday, Nov. 15, on a wooded area at the end of First Street in Houlton. The area is home to a small trailer park and is relatively secluded.
Agents executed a search warrant at a First Street trailer that belonged to Tidd, according to the MDEA.
The division commander said that evidence found both inside and outside the trailer was “consistent with what we would expect to find where someone is making methamphetamine.”
Agents also reportedly seized chemicals, solvents and other items typically used in the manufacturing process.
Agents also executed a second search warrant at a garage adjacent to a house trailer on the west side of Foxcroft Road in Houlton.
“We seized enough evidence from this site to pretty clearly show what had been going on there,” Crandall said last week.
He added that Williams is accused of teaching Houlton residents how to make methamphetamine and assisting them with the process. Tidd is accused of assisting with gathering the components for the drug and providing a location for its manufacture.
Some of that evidence was taken to the state Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory in Augusta for analysis. Other items were turned over to responders from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for hazardous waste disposal.
The Houlton Police Department, Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department and Maine State Police also contributed personnel to the response, according to Crandall.
Tidd was released on bail. Williams is being held at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.
Crandall said that others involved have been identified and now are being sought.