Madawaska Couple Charged with Operating a Meth Lab

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MADAWASKA, ME. (WAGM) According to Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland, a Madawaska couple has been charged with operating a methamphetamine lab inside their home at 507 Maine St. The Maine Druge Enforcement Agency, working with the Madawaska Police, arrested 36-year-old Carl and 34-year-old Casie Thibeault Tuesday afternoon and charged them with aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, aggravated operation of a meth lab and endangering the welfare of a child. The couple’s two young children also lived in the house.

After the discovery, the home was secured last night to await the arrival of the MDEA meth lab team. The team, specially trained to gather evidence following the discovery of a meth lab, arrived in Madawaska late this morning. Wearing protective suits and breathing apparatus, the team began their work shortly after their arrival. Also assisting the drug agency were the Madawaska Fire Department, Maine DEP, Aroostook Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s office.

Drug agents said this is one of the largest meth labs MDEA has encountered. Seized from inside the home was a considerable amount of materials used to make the drug, including a quantity of meth and over 80 containers that had been used to make the highly addictive drug.

Carl Thibeault was taken to the Aroostook County Jail and his wife, Casie, was released on bail. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services were called to assist in placing the two children in a safe location.

This is the 15th meth related response by MDEA this year. Last year MDEA had 125 meth related incidents.