BUCKSPORT — Police say a Bucksport man and his aunt were making methamphetamine Thursday evening when officers arrived to search an apartment on Noel Way.
Jamie Matlack, 45, was arrested on a charge of Class A operation of a methamphetamine laboratory and Class C unlawful possession of methamphetamine.
His aunt, Kimberly Matlack, 53, was also arrested and charged with Class A operation of a methamphetamine laboratory. The offense is aggravated because the apartment is within 1,000 feet of the Reach School.
Agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) and local police arrived at the residence shortly after 6:30 p.m.
“When agents and local law enforcement entered the apartment they interrupted the occupants who were actively making meth, using what is commonly referred to as the ‘one-pot’ method,” said Maine Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.
In the one-pot method, all of the necessary ingredients are put into a container, triggering a chemical reaction to convert the pseudoephedrine to methamphetamine. The chemicals involved are highly flammable and explosive.
Two other apartments in the building were evacuated and additional MDEA lab team resources were called in to process the scene and gather evidence.
Agents seized processed methamphetamine, “one-pot” containers used to manufacture meth and ingredients used to make the drug, according to McCausland.
Both suspects were taken to Hancock County Jail following their arrests.
The Bucksport Police Department, Bucksport Fire Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection assisted with the investigation, security, decontamination and removal of the hazardous materials.
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.