LEBANON, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the York County Sheriff’s Office broke up a suspected drug-making lab in the basement of a house at 25 Bigelow Road in Lebanon on Saturday.
A homeless man from the Augusta area, Aaron Lowden, 41, was arrested on a bail violation and will face drug-manufacturing charges once chemists have determined what he was concocting in the basement. The lab was discovered by the homeowner, Deborah Wilson, who had allowed Lowden to stay in her basement. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the house about 12:30 Saturday afternoon and MDEA’s Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team arrived early Saturday evening equipped with protective suits and respirators. The suspected components of the drug-making operation, including a Coleman stove, beakers and glass tubes, were removed and the team cleared the home about 2 a.m. Sunday. Lowden is being held at the York County Jail.