EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Police charged two people with drug trafficking and allegedly seized several grams of methamphetamine after intercepting trash on its way to the town landfill, officials said Wednesday.

Beau Pelletier, 31, and Cynthia Burley, 33, of East Millinocket, were charged Tuesday with Class B trafficking in Schedule W drugs after Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigators assisted town police with a raid that found “a significant amount of evidence consistent with the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine.”

“During the search [after the raid] additional evidence of meth manufacturing was seized along with several grams of suspected methamphetamine which is believed to have been recently manufactured,” according to a press release from the East Millinocket police and MDEA.

East Millinocket Police Chief Cameron McDunnah estimated Wednesday that 3 or 4 grams of meth had been recently manufactured at the apartment.

The East Millinocket raid and a meth lab confirmed Tuesday in Monticello bring the number of illegal methamphetamine production sites MDEA has handled this year to 22, an all-time annual record, said Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Matthew Thibodeau, 27, of Monticello was charged Monday night with Class B trafficking in Schedule W drugs and Class B possession of scheduled drugs when Aroostook County Deputy Erica Pelletier allegedly found several items consistent with meth production at his Lake Road home. Thibodeau was subject to a search because he was out on bail, McCausland said.

MDEA investigators collected evidence in Monticello before being called to East Millinocket. Their two large drug enforcement trucks and a truck from Maine Department of Environmental Protection were at the second floor, rear apartment at 81 Main St. for several hours after the mid-afternoon raid. Police also had blocked the entrance to the town recycling facility and dump in connection with the investigation.

Neighbors around the apartment building, including auto body repair shop operator and Selectman Clint Linscott, said they suspected criminal activity was occurring there. They said the apartment was being visited frequently by individuals for short stays at all hours.

Police evacuated a family and children from a front apartment in the building during the raid as a precautionary measure, McDunnah said.

More arrests might occur as the investigation continues, said Peter Arno, commander of the MDEA’s Division II.

Pelletier and Burley appeared Wednesday afternoon before Superior Court Justice Ann Murray at the Penobscot Judicial Center. The defendants were charged with one count each of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, a Class B crime, and unlawful possession of a scheduled drug. Pelletier also was charged with one count of violation of a condition of release, a Class E crime, in connection with an August theft charge.

Neither defendant was asked to enter pleas to the charges because they have not yet been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury. The grand jury next convenes on Oct. 29.

Murray set bail at $5,000 surety or $1,000 cash for Burley. The judge set Pelletier’s bail at $25,000 surety or $5,000 cash but ordered that he be held without bail until a Nov. 6 hearing can be held on the motion to revoke his bail on the Class C theft charge.

Pelletier and Burley are due in court again on Dec. 9.

In Aroostook County on Wednesday, District Court Judge David Griffiths set Thibodeau’s bail at $25,000 surety or $2,500 cash on the drug charges. Thibodeau also was charged with violation of a condition of release, a Class E crime, in connection with a pending Class C drug possession charge. The judge ordered that Thibodeau be held without bail pending an Oct. 29 hearing on a motion to revoke his bail.

Thibodeau is due in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on the new drug charges on Dec. 17.

If convicted, the defendants face up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $20,000 on the Class B charges, up to five years in prison and fines of up to $5,000 on the Class C charges, and up to six months in prison and fines of up to $500 on the Class E charges.

BDN writer Judy Harrison contributed to this report.