LINNEUS, Maine — Officers with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency dismantled a methamphetamine lab late Thursday that was operating in a southern Aroostook home where a small child also was living, according to Steve McCausland, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman.

The lab was discovered by the MDEA in a Route 2A mobile home in Linneus occupied by Alan Gilotti, 28, as well as an unidentified adult woman and her 4-year-old daughter, McCausland said Friday morning.

Gilotti, who had been out on bail on a previous meth trafficking charge, was arrested for violating his conditions of bail and charged with a count of possession of methamphetamine.

Also charged with possession of meth was Nicole Hall, 28, who was visiting the home at the time of the bust, McCausland said.

Both were transported to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

The woman who lives in the mobile home with her daughter was not charged with any crime, McCausland said.

MDEA agents went to the home Thursday afternoon after the Maine Department of Health and Human Services received information that a suspected meth lab was operating in the home, according to McCausland.

Agents wearing protective suits and breathing equipment dismantled the lab Thursday night with assistance at the scene from members of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Linneus Fire Department.

McCausland said the discovery of the meth operation in Linneus is the eighth such lab uncovered in Maine so far this year.

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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.