May 25, 2018
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Lewiston police find evidence of methamphetamine lab

By Andrew Cullen, Sun Journal

LEWISTON, Maine — Drug agents and local police found evidence Tuesday of a methamphetamine lab at 41 River St., Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency meth lab team and Lewiston police began searching the apartment at 11:30 a.m., McCausland said.

He said officials suspect the highly addictive and potentially explosive drug may have been concocted inside the apartment in the recent past.

Drug agents wearing protective suits and breathing masks performed a hazard assessment and searched the apartment for nearly three hours, finding probable signs of methamphetamine production, MDEA commander Darrell Crandall said Tuesday afternoon.

“We seized evidence that’s consistent with what we find at places where methamphetamines have been made, including chemicals, solvents and precursor drugs,” Crandall said.

Asked whether the drug production facility posed a danger to neighbors, Crandall said, “Not anymore.”

“Our role is to go in and do a hazard assessment … so anything that would be a hazard to the surrounding area was removed,” he said.

No one was in the apartment, which is now unoccupied, Crandall said, and no arrests were made during the search. While the search has been completed, the MDEA’s investigation will continue, he said.

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