June 24, 2018
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Investigators on scene of suspected meth lab in Merrill

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

MERRILL, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency worked to dismantle a suspected methamphetamine lab Thursday at 233 Clark Road, which is about 20 miles west of Houlton in Aroostook County. Investigators were processing the scene for evidence that the drug was being manufactured at the site.

For the past month, agents reportedly have been investigating the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine at the residence. Agents were able to conduct undercover purchases of methamphetamine from the home and on Wednesday evening returned with a search warrant, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Because of the extremely toxic and explosive nature of methamphetamine manufacturing, MDEA’s lab team was activated. Specially trained agents from around the state, along with a chemist, using special equipment and wearing protective gear, dismantled 24 separate devices from inside the home where the drug allegedly was concocted. The agents reportedly retained samples of a variety of items, including muriatic acid, Coleman stove fuel and lithium strips.

The MDEA was being assisted by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, Maine State Police, U.S. Border Patrol, Oakfield Fire Department and Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

The man who rents the residence has been identified and will be charged, however, his name is not being released pending the issuance of an arrest warrant, according to McCausland.

This is the 15th methamphetamine-related incident this year in Maine. There were 20 in 2013, according to McCausland.

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