Police catch alleged meth-makers in the act

Sep 07, 2018
Courtesy of: Maine State Police/Steve McCausland Law enforcement agents in protective gear collect evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing at a Bucksport apartment Sept. 6.

Bucksport — Two people actively manufacturing methamphetamine in a Noel Way apartment were arrested Thursday, Sept. 6, and charged with Class A operating a meth lab.

According to Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland, Jamie Matlack, 45, and his aunt, 53-year-old Kimberly Matlack, were making the illegal substance using the process commonly known as the "one-pot" method, in which all ingredients are placed in one container, leading to a violent chemical reaction.

When Maine Drug Enforcement agents discovered the active lab shortly after 6:30 p.m., two other apartments in the building were evacuated.

Agents seized processed methamphetamine, “one pot” vessels used to manufacture meth and ingredients used to make the drug, McCausland said in a press release.

Jamie Matlack was additionally charged with Class C unlawful possession of methamphetamine. The charges of operating a meth lab were elevated to Class A because the apartment is within 1,000 feet of Reach School, according to police. Both Matlacks were taken to Hancock County Jail.

Bucksport Police Department, Bucksport Fire Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection provided assistance with the investigation, security, decontamination and removal of the hazardous materials, McCausland said.

This is the 42nd response by MDEA’s lab team this year. In 2017, the team responded to 58 incidents; there were 126 in 2016 and 56 in 2015.

Because of the volatile, highly flammable and hazardous nature of the manufacturing process, lab team members are trained to OSHA standards and don specialized equipment and protective gear to address these incidents, McCausland noted.

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