A Lewiston couple are in custody after police and agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency found a suspected methamphetamine lab in their apartment Monday night.

Charged with trafficking in methamphetamine is 51-year-old Ethel Hallock and 45-year-old Mark Theriault. Hallock was arrested Monday evening and Theriault was charged about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The MDEA’s lab response team, wearing protective suits and respirators, arrived at the duplex at 212 Pond Road on Tuesday morning and found evidence of meth manufacturing on the first floor and in the basement of the two-unit apartment house.

The couple had been under investigation for several weeks. When agents served a search warrant Monday evening, there were seven people in the building, including three children under the age of 14, according to the MDEA.

The building was evacuated, including the residents of the second-floor apartment, who were not involved in the meth investigation.

It is the 23rd meth lab raid that the MDEA has made this year, an all-time record.

Assisting MDEA agents were the Lewiston police and fire departments, The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

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