MDEA agents bust into suspected meth lab in Presque Isle

Posted Dec. 29, 2011, at 5:35 p.m.
Investigators with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency were combing a Presque Isle home Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, after executing a search warrant upon suspicion that methamphetamine was being manufactured there.
Jen Lynds | BDN
Investigators with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency were combing a Presque Isle home Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, after executing a search warrant upon suspicion that methamphetamine was being manufactured there.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Investigators with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant at a U.S. Route 1 apartment Thursday afternoon after coming to suspect that methamphetamine was being manufactured there.

Details still were emerging Thursday evening, but Darrell Crandall, an MDEA division commander, said agents arrived at the apartment around 2 p.m.

The agency’s Laboratory Response Team was searching the building, which sits right on Main Street. Part of the route was blocked off as agents in orange protective gear searched the dwelling. The Presque Isle police and fire departments and Crown Ambulance personnel also were on the scene.

Crandall said significant evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing had been found at the residence and that sampling of that evidence was under way. Evidence will be taken to the Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory in Augusta for chemical analysis.

Crandall added that neighbors were not in danger and had not been evacuated. A number of onlookers pulled into the parking lots of stores and businesses along that busy stretch of Main Street to watch the action.

Agents secured the apartment shortly after midnight Wednesday and obtained a search warrant. The agency’s lab team members converged from around the state and conducted a briefing at the Presque Isle Public Safety Building around noon and then proceeded to the apartment — which sits just across from McDonald’s — to begin the search.

Crandall said the occupants of the apartment were not home but had been interviewed by MDEA agents. No suspects have yet been charged

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