The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says suspicious bags left in a hallway at a Bangor apartment house led to the discovery of a meth lab on Wednesday.

Bangor Police responded to an apartment building at 36 Mount Hope Avenue around 9:30 a.m., according to MDEA commander Darrell Crandall. A police officer observed two backpacks, a purse and some clothing lying on a third floor hallway.

There was also a bottle of muriatic acid near the bags, which is a component used in the making of meth, Crandall said. Police also found plastic tubing coiled up near one of the bags.

Drug agents were called to the apartment house, and found two “one pot” methamphetamine reaction vessels still containing liquid, and notified the MDEA lab team, Crandall said.  Team members safely removed the bags to outside the building, set up their equipment and processed the items for evidence.

A total of three containers were found and samples were taken for analysis, Crandall said. The materials were turned over to the Department of Environmental Protection to be destroyed.


The investigation continues into those responsible for the meth lab and MDEA was confident the suspects will be identified.  Bangor Police, Bangor Fire Department and the DEP participated in the investigation.

This was the eighth methamphetamine response in Maine so far this year, Crandall said. In 2017, the MDEA responded to 58 meth lab sites, and 2016 saw a record 126 lab sites dismantled.