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Boyce_james.JPGHODGDON, Maine — Police found a clandestine methamphetamine production lab Saturday at a Hodgdon home — the second time this year police discovered a methamphetamine lab at the same residence.

The Saturday morning search of the 699 Walker Road home resulted in the arrest of James Boyce, 31, of Hodgdon. He was charged with Class B trafficking in methamphetamine and violations of conditions of release from a prior offense, according to a media release issued Saturday afternoon by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Police became interested in the home after Deputy Erica Pelletier of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and Maine State Police Trooper Jared Sylvia went there late Friday evening as part of an unrelated investigation, according to the drug enforcement agency.

“They noticed material in the house consistent with the illicit production of methamphetamine,” the media release stated. “Deputy Pelletier and Trooper Sylvia, who are both members of MDEA’s clandestine lab response team, evacuated the residence and secured it pending the application of a search warrant.”

The warrant was granted. At about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, MDEA’s clandestine lab response team and Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office deputies went into the house.

“A search of the residence is underway currently,” the release, issued at about 1:15 p.m, said. “Thus far a number of items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine have been located and seized as evidence.”

Police said officials discovered another lab at the same address on March 24 and charged 24-year-old Marcus Toner with manufacturing methamphetamine.

“It is unclear what, if any, relationship there is between Toner and Boyce,” the MDEA news release stated.


On Saturday, the drug enforcement agency was assisted at the scene by the sheriff’s office, the Maine State Police, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Hodgdon Fire Department. Others are likely to be charged, as the investigation continues, police said.

The MDEA has handled record numbers of illegal methamphetamine production sites this year. A meth lab confirmed a month ago in the Aroostook County town of Monticello and a raid on a lab in East Millinocket brought the 2014 number to 22, an all-time record, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.






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