MDEA Investigate Suspected Meth Lab in Southern Aroostook
Three people in the southern Aroostook town of Orient have been charged with trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine after a drug bust late Wednesday afternoon.
A Maine Drug Enforcement Agency lab team responded to the residence of Zachary Faulkner along Route 1 in Orient for a suspected meth lab.
The dwelling was searched overnight by team members - specially trained agents from around the state, along with a State of Maine Chemist, who collected a substantial amount of evidence, according to MDEA Commander Peter Arno. All the evidence collected was indicative of the manufacturing of methamphetamine using a process commonly referred to as a “one pot” or “shake and bake” method, Arno said.
Arrested and transported to the Aroostook County Jail were 29-year-old Zachary Faulkner, 18-year-old Angel Stoddard and 20-year-old Chase Honeywell, all of Orient. The three were charged with Class B Trafficking/Manufacturing of a Schedule W Drug (Methamphetamine)
Faulkner was also charged with violation of probation and is being held without bail. Bail for Stoddard and Honeywell was set at $10,000 cash each.
This was the state’s 87th suspected meth lab related incident of 2016.
The MDEA was assisted at the scene by the Danforth Fire and Rescue, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory.
Arno said the investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.