MERRILL, Maine — Police released more information Thursday about their investigation of a suspected methamphetamine lab at a home a Merrill man was renting at 233 Clark Road, which is about 20 miles west of Houlton in Aroostook County.
Micah Lawlor, 38, was found Tuesday evening with his girlfriend, Jessica Tremblay, 26, of Merrill, at a camp they had allegedly broken into on the Clark Road in Merrill after deputies from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department and Maine State Police used a dog to track them.
Lawlor was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, burglary, theft and criminal trespass.
Tremblay was also arrested and charged with burglary, theft and criminal trespass.
Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said that Micah Lawlor fled his rental home shortly before investigators began processing the scene on July 9 for evidence that the drug was being manufactured there.
Because of the extremely toxic and explosive nature of methamphetamine manufacturing, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s lab team was called in. Specially trained agents from around the state, along with a chemist, 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.
McCausland said that state police received a tip that camps in the area had been broken into. Troopers, game wardens and deputies went to a camp on the Clark Road and found both suspects inside. They surrendered without incident and both were taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.