From the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency:
“MDEA’s Lab Response Team was called out twice over the weekend when local law enforcement came across evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing.
Early Saturday morning (1/5) Penobscot Nation Police were called to a residence on Indian Island when a 38-year-old woman was found deceased. Her identity and further details related to the death will not be released, other than to say there is no evidence of foul play. While inside the home, police encountered items they believe had been used to make methamphetamine and called in MDEA agents to assist. Agents confirmed the officers’ suspicions and MDEA’s Lab Response Team was requested. Lab team members collected samples for analysis and turned hazardous materials over to the Department of Environmental Protection. The investigation into the meth making operation and the circumstances surrounding the death remain under investigation by Penobscot Nation Police and MDEA.
On Sunday morning Bucksport Police responded to a disturbance on Central Street. While investigating the disturbance officers encountered items they suspect had been used to make methamphetamine. MDEA agents were shown photographs of some of the items which caused them to seek a search warrant for the home. The warrant was granted and MDEA’s Lab Response Team executed the warrant Sunday afternoon. Samples were taken for analysis and hazardous materials were turned over to the Department of Environmental Protection. Agents and Bucksport Police arrested 28-year-old Megan Patten, charging her with unlawful operation of a meth lab. She remains at the Hancock County Jail. MDEA Agents, Bucksport and State Police previously seized a meth making operation at this residence in November of last year, charging one suspect. This investigation is also ongoing.
These are the first two responses in 2019 for MDEA’s specialized hazmat / evidence recovery team. In 2018 the team was used 52 times; compared with 58 in 2017, 126 in 2016 and 56 in 2015.
The most common method of making methamphetamine in Maine remains the “one pot” method, where most of the chemical reaction is carried out all in one container. Hence the name, “one pot.” This process involves a heavy metal reacting violently with water, while suspended in a highly flammable petroleum product. The plastic bottles that are used can easily rupture, causing flames to shoot out through the bottle until the fuel is entirely consumed. This is a highly dangerous and toxic process and specially trained MDEA Agents are required to don fire retardant chemical suits, SCBA tanks and masks to process the evidence.”