MERRILL, Maine — A local man is in the Aroostook County Jail facing multiple charges in connection with the discovery of a methamphetamine lab operating out of a motor vehicle, according to information released late Monday by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Michael Boody, 33, was arrested at a private residence in Houlton Sunday by members of the Houlton Police Department, according to the release issued by MDEA Commander Darrell Crandall.

Members of the MDEA’s laboratory enforcement team responded on Saturday to a report made that day by Boody’s sister, Sara Harvewood, 26, of Merrill, that Boody was making methamphetamine in her car and that remnants of his making the drug were still in the car, Crandall said in the release.

The MDEA team searched the car and discovered a so-called “one-pot” vessel used in the manufacturing of meth, according to Crandall. The vehicle was subsequently towed to Houlton, where the team executed a search warrant on the car and collected further evidence and hazardous materials.

During the course of the investigation, Crandall said in the release, MDEA agents learned that Boody had fled earlier Saturday from Houlton police officers after a traffic stop.

Houlton police caught up with Boody and arrested him on Monday on two warrants for failure to appear that were unrelated to the alleged methamphetamine manufacturing. After the MDEA was alerted, agents also charged Boody with Class B trafficking.

He currently is being held on $10,000 cash bail. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

The MDEA was assisted over the weekend by officials with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and members of the Houlton Fire Department.

Information on drug crimes may be reported to MDEA at 800-452-6457, at MDEA’s website,, or at MDEA’s MyPD smartphone application for iPhone and Android.

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Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly is a reporter at the Bangor Daily News with a regular bi-weekly column. Julia has been a freelance travel writer/photographer since 2000.