Bust of Meth Lab Results in Three Arrests
Three people have been arrested after drug agents busted a meth lab. All three have been charged with trafficking in methamphetamines. The lab was found in a shed and the owner of the home didn't know it was there.
Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said in a press release that the Knox County Sheriff's office received a complaint of a possible meth lab on the island of Vinalhaven. A search of the property, late Wednesday morning, turned up evidence consistent with the manufacture of the drug. Deputies secured the scene, which was in a small tool shed in the back yard.
Arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine are 25-year-old Ryan Rairdon of Houlton, 20-year-old Hilary Walker of Vinalhaven, and 23-year-old Owen Adair of Vinalhaven. Adair was also charged with violating conditions of a previous release from jail on unrelated charges and is being held without bail at Knox County jail.
Agents also went to a home on the Overlook Hill Road in Union and seized additional
evidence of meth manufacturing but no laboratory was located. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected of those who assisted in the meth manufacturing, including those who purchased Pseudophedrine, which is a main component of making meth.
Also assisting in the investigation were the Vinalhaven Fire Department and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. This is the first meth lab bust of the new year. MDEA responded to 28 meth labs during 2014, in addition to 7 other sites where remnants of meth lab materials were dumped. Anyone with information about this case or the illegal sale of drugs in Maine are urged to contact MDEA or call the MDEA tip-line at 800-452-6457.