OAKFIELD, Maine — Drug agents on Tuesday raided a suspected methamphetamine lab in Aroostook County — the 18th in the state this year — and an Oakfield man was arrested as a result.
Members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s Aroostook County Task Force, along with the Clandestine Drug Laboratory Enforcement Team, were called to a River Road residence early Tuesday morning after a disturbance had been reported to state police, according to MDEA Commander Peter Arno.
Arno said the caller indicated someone inside the residence was allegedly “trying to burn the house down,” and a state trooper observed individuals who appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine.
A strong chemical odor was coming from the residence, according to Arno, and suspecting that methamphetamine was being produced, the home was evacuated.
Following an investigation, Douglas Morin, 39, was arrested and charged with trafficking in schedule W drugs, a Class B felony.
A search warrant was gathered for Morin’s residence, and Arno said drug agents recovered “a significant amount of evidence consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.”
Morin was brought to the Aroostook County Jail and bail was set at $10,000.
MDEA and State Police are being assisted at the scene by Aroostook County sheriff’s deputies, Oakfield firefighters and the Department of Environmental Protection. Arno said officials expected to remain on scene throughout the afternoon.
In 2013, a state-record 20 meth labs were dismantled in Maine.