Local man arrested after MDEA agents search suspected meth lab in Hodgdon

Police and drug agents investigate a meth lab in Hodgdon on Tuesday.
Maine State Police
Police and drug agents investigate a meth lab in Hodgdon on Tuesday.
Posted March 25, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
Last modified March 25, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.

HODGDON, Maine — A 24-year-old man was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine early Tuesday evening after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency spent the day executing a search warrant at his home.

Pete Arno, MDEA commander, said that charges against Marcus Toner of Hodgdon came a few hours after investigators entered his residence on the Hodgdon Mills Road Tuesday morning. During the search, agents seized a significant amount of evidence consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Arno said that investigators with the MDEA’s Aroostook County task force have been investigating the suspected manufacturing of methamphetamine inside Toner’s residence and used the information they gathered to secure a search warrant.

Toner was taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton. Bail had not yet been set Tuesday evening.

Arno said that a 17-year-old female who was at the residence with Toner was released to her mother. No charges against the juvenile have been filed at this time. More arrests are anticipated, according to investigators.

Toner’s criminal history includes a fine for attaching false plates in 2009 and a conviction last April for operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. He was sentenced to 48 hours in jail, paid a $500 fine, and had his license suspended for 90 days.

This marks the 7th suspected methamphetamine lab that MDEA has responded to in 2014. This is the second lab in Aroostook County, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland, the other having been in Houlton.

Deputies from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

The incident is the second involving a suspected methamphetamine operation within 30 miles in the past week.

Police suspect a Danforth couple were operating a meth lab in their mobile home, which burned Friday. The two, whose baby had died earlier the day the fire was discovered, were arrested Saturday and charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

A message left with McCausland asking if the cases are in any way related was not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.

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