PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Three people were arrested and charged late Wednesday night in connection with the discovery on Sunday evening of a methamphetamine lab in Presque Isle.
Darrell Crandall, division commander of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, said Thursday that the three have been charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, and that police still are looking for a juvenile who also is a suspect.
Those charged were Daniel Miller, 19, of Limestone and Brandon Hafford, 21, and Amber Getchell, 19, both residents of 45 Sunset Loop, the location of the alleged drug lab in Presque Isle.
The trafficking charge for each suspect is a Class A crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine. Crandall said that the charges were aggravated because of the home’s proximity to local schools. Presque Isle Middle School and Northern Maine Community College are nearby.
Miller, who is on bail for possession of methamphetamine, also was charged with a violation of conditions of release.
The MDEA also is seeking a juvenile from Mars Hill, according to Crandall. Relatives of the juvenile made arrangements for him to leave the area, but Crandall said that the MDEA knows where he is. The juvenile will face the same charges, he said.
The Presque Isle Fire Department responded to a report of smoke at the house on Sunday, Feb. 12. By the time they got to the home the fire had been extinguished, but firefighters went inside as a precaution anyway. They contacted the MDEA after seeing suspicious materials.
Crandall said that there has been a surge in drug lab activity in recent months.
“This fire illustrates the danger these operations present, not just to those in the home but to neighbors, firefighters and others,” he said Thursday.
Getchell and Hafford have posted bail. Miller remains in jail.
The Fire Marshal’s Office is still investigating the fire and could potentially bring charges as well.