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Police shut down Bucksport meth lab, again

Another lab discovered on Indian Island the same weekend
Jan 07, 2019
Courtesy of: Maine Drug Enforcement Agency MDEA agents work at the site of a meth lab on Central Street in Bucksport Jan. 6.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s Lab Response Team was called out twice over the weekend to process methamphetamine manufacturing sites in Bucksport and on Indian Island.

Bucksport Police were called to a disturbance on Central Street Jan. 6 and encountered suspected meth-manufacturing items. The home was searched by MDEA later in the day. Drug Agents and Bucksport Police arrested Megan Patten, 28, of Bucksport and charged her with unlawful operation of a meth lab.

Maine Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said police previously shut down a meth-making lab at the same location in November 2018.

On Saturday, Jan. 5, a 38-year-old woman was discovered dead inside an Indian Island residence. Her name was not released by police but foul play is not suspected.

McCausland said in a press release no further details about her death would be immediately released. He said police discovered evidence of a meth lab inside the home. Investigations of the death and meth lab are being handled by Penobscot Nation Police and MDEA.

The two meth lab responses are the first for 2019. Last year, there were 52 total responses; in 2017 police uncovered 58 meth operations; there were 126 responses in 2016 and 56 responses in 2015, McCausland said.

The most common method of making methamphetamine in Maine remains the “one pot” method, where most of the chemical reaction takes place in a plastic bottle, according to police.

"This process involves a heavy metal reacting violently with water and the plastic bottles can easily rupture, causing flames to shoot out," McCausland said. "This is a highly dangerous and toxic process and specially trained MDEA agents are required to don fire retardant chemical suits, breathing tanks and masks to process the evidence."

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