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Nov 17, 2015 5:51 PM

Meth lab discovered on Maine seacoast; 2015 busts set new record


WELLS, MAINE - A meth lab discovered at a Route 1 property is making a mark in drug history books, Maine State Police said.

Investigators with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said they received a tip two months ago about the manufacture of methamphetamine at 859 Post Road.

Authorities executed a search warrant at the property and found "chemicals and items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamines" inside a camping trailer and a white pickup truck, according to Wells Police Chief Jo-Ann Putnam.

Putnam said it was only the second meth bust that she can remember throughout her 30-year career in the town.

Investigators said the bust was unique because a "red phosphorous method" was being used to make the meth, rather than the typical "Shake 'n' Bake" process they often find at busts across New England.

Police said 5 adults and 4 children live at the property, ranging in ages from 6 months to 10 years of age.

Authorities said the investigation was looking into how close children were living to the alleged drug operation, but NH1 News has learned a child’s crib was found inside the trailer where police found meth materials.

“It’s scary to think that people would do this with their children in their homes," Chief Putnam said.

A woman who entered the home with a young girl after police left asked news crews to leave.

When questioned about drugs on the property by a reporter, the woman said "There is nothing here!”

45 meth labs have been discovered so far this year in the state of Maine. State Police said the discovery of Tuesday's operation marked a new record.

Meanwhile, New Hampshire State Police said they have also been monitoring ongoing apparent methamphetamine operations. However, in the Granite State labs are often found in small towns and drugs are in small quantities, police said.

The investigation in Wells remains ongoing and police are currently looking at evidence.

Charges are expected to be filed.


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