Three indicted in connection with Aroostook County meth lab

Posted May 11, 2012, at 5:32 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Three people who were arrested and charged in February in connection with the discovery of a methamphetamine lab in Presque Isle were indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury Friday.

Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins released the list of indictments late Friday.

Daniel N. Miller, 20, of Limestone, Brandon Hafford, 21, of Presque Isle and Amber Getchell, 19, of Chapman all were indicted on two counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs. Getchell also was indicted for violation of conditions of release, and Miller additionally was indicted for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and violation of bail. He was on bail for possession of methamphetamine.

Darrell Crandall, division commander of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, said that the alleged drug lab was located at 45 Sunset Loop in Presque Isle. Hafford and Getchell lived in the dwelling at the time.

The Presque Isle Fire Department received a report of smoke at the house on Sunday, Feb. 12. By the time they got to the home the fire had been extinguished but firefighters went inside as a precaution anyway. They contacted the MDEA after seeing suspicious materials.

The trafficking charge for each suspect is a Class A crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine. Crandall said that the charges were aggravated because of the home’s proximity to local schools. Presque Isle Middle School and Northern Maine Community College are nearby.

A Mars Hill juvenile, age 17, also was sought in connection with the crime. Relatives of the juvenile made arrangements for him to leave the area but Crandall said Friday that he also has been found and charged. The case has not yet been adjudicated.

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