Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has charged three people following the discovery of a methamphetamine lab on Verona Island.

Drug agents arrested 27-year-old Craig Kneeland of Verona Island for class A aggravated operation of a methamphetamine laboratory and violation of conditions of release.

Jami Cass, 28, of Verona Island and Chandler Levesque, 22, of Bucksport were charged with class D endangering the welfare of a child as a result of the investigation.

Downeast Regional Drug Task Force agents received information April 3 that Kneeland had been making methamphetamine at his Bridges Road mobile home on Verona Island, according to a press release from Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland.

Agents learned the mobile home Kneeland lived in had been the scene of a fire, but the fire department was never called. The making of meth can be highly flammable, McCausland said. Kneeland shared his residence with Cass and Levesque, the parents of a 5-year-old child who also lived there.

Early Tuesday afternoon, agents located Kneeland leaving a local hardware store after purchasing muriatic acid and lithium batteries, both ingredients used to make meth, according to the press release. Agents then took Kneeland back to his home, which was searched. Agents found methamphetamine as well as items and ingredients consistent with the making of meth, and a loaded .357 handgun. Agents requested the response of the MDEA Lab Team, which found 33 plastic bottles that had been used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services also responded to the home and the child has been provided with alternative living arrangements, McCausland said.

Assisting with the investigation and hazardous materials response were Bucksport Police Department, Bucksport Fire Department, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, State Fire Marshal's Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

According to police, Kneeland also had five outstanding warrants for his arrest for crimes ranging from operating after suspension to possession of methamphetamine to trafficking in prison contraband.