OXFORD — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has found evidence of two methamphetamine labs in Oxford County on Friday morning following a series of police raids.
In a statement from Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, drugs agents, along with State Police and the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, served search warrants at five houses in Oxford, Greenwood, Albany, Mason Township and Gilead. In addition, they searched a pickup truck found in the parking lot near the Flagship Cinema, along Route 26 in Oxford.
MDEA said they found evidence of meth labs in the pickup truck and the house in Gilead.
Five people are being detained and questioned. At this point — no one has been arrested, McCausland said.
The process of producing methamphetamine can be highly explosive. MDEA’s meth lab team is planning on conducting searches throughout the day. The team will be in protective suits with ventilation gear, and local fire departments on standby. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the federal DEA also are taking part.
Last year 20 meth labs were discovered in Maine, an all-time record.
This story will be updated.