Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officers and Lewiston police took two men into custody and secured an apartment in downtown Lewiston on Friday because of a suspected methamphetamine lab.

Officials received information about possible meth manufacturing in an apartment at 333 Lisbon St., close to the police station, just after midnight Thursday.

Items consistent with meth manufacturing were discovered at the apartment, police said.

Joseph Marcous, 29, who rents the apartment, and Samuel Johnson, 28, were charged Friday afternoon with manufacturing meth, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

About 20 people were evacuated from the multi-unit building, and the MDEA’s clandestine laboratory enforcement team was dispatched to the scene.

Friday’s incident was the MDEA’s sixth meth response this year.

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