HERMON, Maine — A 28-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office dismantled a meth lab in his New Boston Road home, according to police.
Franklin Avery of Hermon was charged with aggravated operation of a meth lab, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Thursday in a news release.
Avery remained at the Penobscot County Jail on Thursday evening. His bail on the drug charge as well as on a warrant for unpaid fines is $5,180, a jail official said.
The alleged lab initially was discovered by Penobscot deputies, who had gone to Avery’s home to check on the well-being of three children living in the home at the request of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
Avery, who does not own the home, lives in a room in the basement, where the meth lab was discovered, according to McCausland. The house was secured for the night, and MDEA’s lab team arrived Thursday to process the area and remove the meth-making components from inside, he said.
DHHS officials oversaw the care of the children, the spokesman said.
The Hermon meth-making operation was the sixth that MDEA agents have dealt with so far this year.
Last year, the drug agency dealt with a record 125 meth operations.