ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Houlton man is being held at Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth after a mobile meth lab was discovered inside a pickup truck parked off Route 180, according to police.

Charged in the incident with aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine is Micah McGillicuddy, 27, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for Maine Department of Public Safety.

McCausland said Wednesday in a news release that Ellsworth police found the truck after receiving a report Tuesday night of a suspicious vehicle parked on a private road. McGillicuddy reportedly fled into nearby woods after police officers found him in the truck.

Ellsworth police officers, along with Maine State Police troopers and Hancock County sheriff deputies, searched for McGillicuddy throughout the night and later took him into custody, McCausland said. The Houlton man was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth as a precaution after having spent much of the night outside in chilly conditions.

McGillicuddy’s truck was towed to Maine State Police barracks in Bangor where Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigators began searching it Wednesday afternoon, McCausland said.

In the same statement, McCausland said deputies with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office discovered another suspected meth lab Wednesday afternoon in a mobile home off Call Road in Milford.

The property has been secured and MDEA agents are expected to go to Milford after they have finished examining the pickup truck that was towed from Ellsworth, he said.

“No one has been charged in the Milford case and drug agents say the woman occupant of the trailer is cooperating,” McCausland said.

The two cases appear to be unrelated, according to McCausland.

The incidents add up to a total of 43 suspected meth lab incidents statewide that MDEA has handled this year, which he said is “an all time record.”

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