GILEAD, Maine — Eight people were arrested and charged with trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine after drug agents and police found evidence of two methamphetamine labs in Oxford County.
An investigation by the Western District Task Force of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency revealed that “an organized group of individuals routinely purchased components used to manufacture methamphetamine,” according to a prepared statement from the Maine Department of Public Safety.
The investigation lasted three months and culminated on Friday morning when search warrants were served at houses in Oxford, Greenwood, Albany, Mason Township and Gilead on Friday morning, the release stated.
In addition to the residences, a raid was also conducted on a pickup truck found in a parking lot on Route 26 in Oxford near Flagship Cinema, said Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland. Evidence of meth manufacturing was found in the truck and at the Gilead house.
The arrests made were:
— David Thompson, 52, of Gilead
— Mico Thompson, 31, of Gilead
— Rodney Levesque, 35, of Oxford
— Scott Hart, 36, of Albany
— Amanda Thompson, 28, of Albany
— Joshua Spencer, 28, of Greenwood
— Heidi Owens, 24, of Greenwood
— Joel Mills, 38, of Mason Township
David Thompson was charged with class A trafficking, meaning he could face up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Bail was set for him at $75,000 cash or $100,000 in property. The other seven were charged with class B trafficking, meaning they could face up to 10 years in prison and a $40,000 fine. Bail was set for each of them at $50,000 cash or $75,000 in property.
Last year, a record 20 meth labs were discovered in Maine.