Suspected downtown Bath meth lab raided; man faces aggravated drug trafficking charge

Maine Drug Enforcement agents raided a Bath apartment Wednesday on suspicion that a meth lab is being operated in the unit.
Courtesy of Maine Department of Public Safety
Maine Drug Enforcement agents raided a Bath apartment Wednesday on suspicion that a meth lab is being operated in the unit.
By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff
Posted March 13, 2013, at 1:12 p.m.

BATH, Maine — A Bath man was charged with aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine Wednesday afternoon after agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency raided his apartment at 24 Dummer St. and said they found evidence that the highly addictive drug was cooked there.

Mark Corson, 35, remained at Two Bridges Regional Jail on Wednesday afternoon, held on $2,000. His initial court appearance is set for Friday.

Black MDEA vans rolled into Bath just before noon Wednesday. Working with the Bath Police Department, agents — dressed in orange protective gear — raided Corson’s downtown apartment, searching for the highly explosive chemicals used to cook the drug.

“Bath police got a complaint about possible meth being made there recently, and we started an investigation,” Maine DEA supervisor James Pease said Wednesday.

“Unlike most drugs that come into Maine, which have already been made and processed, meth can be made here with pseudoephedrine and other chemicals you can buy,” he said. “During that process, there can be fires, explosions, and dangerous gases can be made.”

Agents “found evidence that he was making methamphetamine” in the apartment, Pease said.

While residents of the building and surrounding homes are not in any danger now, he declined to comment when asked if they had been at risk previously.

Corson’s charge was elevated to aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine because the apartment is near the Dike Newell elementary school off High Street, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

This is not the first time a suspected meth lab has been uncovered in Bath, Pease said, noting a 2010 raid of an operation on Washington Street.

McCausland said Wednesday’s raid marks the fourth suspected meth lab shut down in Maine this year, with 13 discovered in 2012.

BDN writer Ryan McLaughlin contributed to this report.

CORRECTION:

A caption on the photo in a previous version of this story said authorities were investigating a suspected methadone lab. It is a suspected methamphetamine lab. Also, Maine Drug Enforcement agents are investigating the apartment, not federal agents.

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