Officers from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Wednesday dismantled a suspected methamphetamine laboratory in Merrill. It was the 15th meth lab found in the state this year, according to state police.

After a monthlong investigation, in which agents successfully purchased the drug from the home on Clark Road in the tiny Aroostook County town, police returned with a search warrant and found 24 separate devices in which meth was being manufactured.

Included in the materials were camping stove fuel, lithium strips and muriatic acid, which is commonly used to clean concrete and swimming pools.

Police are waiting for a warrant to arrest and charge the man who rents the home. His name has not yet been released.

The MDEA is on track to break up more meth labs than it did in 2013, when the agency discovered 20 of the labs.

This story will be updated.

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