March 27, 2019
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Old Town police investigate suspected French Island meth lab

OLD TOWN, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Old Town Police Department are investigating a suspected methamphetamine lab on French Island, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Wednesday afternoon.

“Old Town and the MDEA have been there throughout the day,” McCausland said, referring to a location on Howard Street. “It’s a likely meth lab, which would make 34 so far this year.”

Methamphetamine, an illegal stimulant that has plagued western parts of the U.S. for more than two decades, has crept into Maine over the last five years, according to Peter Arno, commander of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency division II, which covers the northern half of the state.

Arno, who worked as a drug agent with the MDEA in the 1990s, said in the eight years he was undercover with the agency, it busted only one meth lab.

No arrests in the French Island investigation had been made by 5 p.m. Wednesday, but they are expected, McCausland said.

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