HOULTON, Maine — Two southern Aroostook residents have been charged with drug offenses after police in Houlton uncovered a methamphetamine lab in the area earlier this month.
Houlton police Chief Butch Asselin said Monday afternoon that the case began to unfold Aug. 18, after police went to a Foxcroft Road home in Houlton searching for Justin Lincoln, 25, for a probation violation.
Shortly after their arrival, Officers Stephen Nason and Gary McGuire received consent from the property owner to search the residence and several outbuildings on the property, according to the chief.
Officers discovered what they believed to be a methamphetamine lab in an unattached outbuilding and located a number of precursor items used in connection with the manufacturing of the drug. Asselin said that the officers notified the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and requested their lab team.
Agents executed a search warrant on the residence later that evening with assistance from the Houlton Fire Department, Maine State Police and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
During the search, evidence was gathered which indicated that methamphetamine had been actively manufactured at the location. The chief said that the evidence indicated that Lincoln was the person responsible for the drug production.
Because Lincoln was not found at the residence, Houlton police continued their investigation into his whereabouts. On Aug. 23, police received a tip that Lincoln was at the residence of Jennifer Cote, 37, of Linneus.
Houlton police Sgt. Eric Crouse and Officer Ben Drew went to Cote’s place with wardens from the Maine Warden Service and the U.S. Border Patrol. They found Lincoln and when searching him, located and seized a number of items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine on his person.
They arrested Lincoln on the outstanding probation violation.
Based on other information gathered at the Linneus location, Cote was charged with trafficking in Schedule W drugs. She has since been released on bail.
The drug involved was methamphetamine.
Lincoln was charged with two counts of unlawful trafficking in schedule W drugs and is currently held at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.
Correction: Due to incorrect information provided by police, the wrong last name and age of the female charged in the case was listed in the initial version of the story. She is Jennifer Cote, 37, not Jennifer Clark, 27.