June 21, 2018
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Man injured in Presque Isle meth lab fire surrenders

Michael Carpine
By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE — A Presque Isle man who was severely burned in what the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says was a fire in a methamphetamine lab surrendered to authorities over the weekend.

Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander, said that Michael Carpine, 34, surrendered to MDEA agents on Saturday afternoon at a Presque Isle motel.

Carpine has been in Maine Medical Center in Portland since April 17, when the MDEA said that he was burned in an accidental fire created during the process of making methamphetamines.

Agents executed a search warrant at his Blake Street apartment the next day. Carpine was interviewed after the fire, but no charges were immediately filed.

Carpine was treated for severe burns to his hands and arms.

Crandall said in a statement that agents have collected a significant amount of evidence, including chemicals and equipment used to make methamphetamine and loaded handguns that were scattered in locations throughout the apartment.

Carpine is charged with aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, a Class A crime. The offense is aggravated because of the firearms being used in furtherance of the drug crime.

MDEA agents have been in communication with Carpine since the incident and made arrangements to meet him in Presque Isle.

He posted bail and will make an initial appearance in Aroostook County Superior Court on July 19.

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