MDEA investigating meth lab in Presque Isle

Posted Feb. 13, 2012, at 8:12 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency spent Monday sifting through evidence in a suspected methamphetamine lab in Presque Isle, but no arrests had been made as of early evening.

Darrell Crandall, division commander of the MDEA, said Monday that the agency had been at a home on Sunrise Loop since the morning but did not secure a search warrant to enter the home until about 2 p.m.

According to Crandall, the Presque Isle Fire Department responded to a report of smoke at the house on Sunday night. By the time they got to the home the fire had been extinguished, but firefighters went inside as a precaution anyway.

“They saw some suspicious materials inside and called us,” said Crandall. “We responded and we’ve gathered some evidence. We have been questioning people but no one has been arrested at this point.”

The home is on land where the former Presque Isle Air Base once was located, near Northern Maine Community College.

The MDEA is being assisted by the Fire Department, the Presque Isle Police Department and the Department of Environmental Protection.