Maine drug officials are confronting a startling rise in the number of methamphetamine labs across the state.
Officials say dismantling labs can cost more than $10,000 each. The raids are taking a toll on the agency’s resources and distracting them from other work. They say it’s difficult to pinpoint why the labs are on the rise.
They hope a $900,000 federal grant will help the state stem the tide. The grant, announced in October, will provide funding for two years for four new drug agents and specialized equipment.