Midcoast breaks bad: Meth lab raided in South Thomaston

By Beth A. Birmingham | Feb 26, 2013
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency gather potentially hazardous materials during a raid Feb. 26 in South Thomaston. The residence had been under investigation. One person was removed during the raid.

South Thomaston — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency searched a house in South Thomaston for a suspected methamphetamine lab Feb. 26.

The resident of the home, Paul Mahonen, 36, was at the property when agents arrived. He was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and is being held at the Knox County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.

Agents armed with a search warrant arrived at the house, located at 542 St. George Road (Route 131), in the late morning, according to a news release from the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Assisting agents were representatives from federal, state and local agencies.

Agents and a team chemist wearing protective suits searched inside the house and collected evidence of methamphetamine production, including chemicals and plastic bottles, according to the release. The lab team finished their work at about 2:30 p.m.

James Pease, a supervisor with Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, was the lead contact on the scene.

"It has gone very smoothly," he said. "Due to the nature of the process and its potential dangers" the South Thomaston Fire Department and Ambulance Service were on the scene as well.

On Feb. 19, multiple law enforcement agencies arrested a man at the same South Thomaston home and seized drugs believed to be bath salts.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents, state troopers and Knox County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Leonard D. Wells Jr., 53, of Greenbush on judicial arrest warrants from Penobscot County for burglary and violation of conditions of release.

Agents found Wells hiding out at the South Thomaston home during a routine probation check at the residence.

Once arrested, agents seized about 20 grams of what is believed to be bath salts from him. Wells was arrested and charged with possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs. Wells was arrested on felony drug charges in Penobscot County Jan. 18 and posted bail.

Agents were assisted at the scene by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, South Thomaston Fire and EMS, State Police and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation will continue and additional arrests are possible.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency utilized a search warrant to obtain access to a suspected methamphetamine lab at 542 St. George Road in South Thomaston Feb. 26. The residence had been under investigation. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A barn at 542 St. George Road in South Thomaston had numerous containers of suspicious materials removed from it during a raid Feb. 26. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has been investigating the residence. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
MDEA and other official vehicles lined the road in front of 542 St. George Road during a raid on a meth lab. The residence had been under investigation. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Hazardous materials containers sit outside a vehicle on the scene of a meth lab bust on St. George Road in South Thomaston Feb. 26. Materials were removed from the residence by agents dressed in protective gear. The barn had numerous containers of all sizes seized from it. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency utilized a search warrant to obtain access to a suspected methamphetamine lab at 542 St. George Road in South Thomaston Feb. 26. The residence had been under investigation. (Courtesy of: Maine Drug Enforcement Agency)
Comments (10)
Posted by: Billi J Robbins | Feb 28, 2013 12:44

i hope they lock that ass up for a very long time

Posted by: Gladys Hutchinson | Feb 27, 2013 13:47

Job well done DEA

Posted by: Joanne L Richards | Feb 27, 2013 13:24

I agree, not over done but Done Right!


Posted by: RUTH ROWLING MAXFIELD | Feb 27, 2013 11:58

"Overdone" is a bit much.  Would it have been "overdone" had the 'lab' exploded???  Good work town, county and state!!  You are appreciated!


Posted by: Melinda Lindsey | Feb 26, 2013 20:22

Does Mr. Kinney not realize that the materials used for meth are highly volatile? or that there is a very serious drug problem in Maine? Good for the DEA to get one more seller/maker off the streets or in this case Rt 131. Too bad they'll be out of jail the next day

Posted by: Scott A Nelson | Feb 26, 2013 18:22

What do you mean over done it a little bit?? This stuff is dangerous and toxic and needs to be handled carefully by people who know what they are doing !!  Or would you like to have people like myself,a volunteer fireman deal with this instead ??? And maybe by having all of these agencies there they can track down more of these people and put a bigger dent in this huge problem.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Feb 26, 2013 15:25

It is a never ending battle, Mr. Pease.  But please know that we know that you have our backs and are very thankful for the tireless work that you do.  Thanks also to all the other federal, state and local agencies that helped.

Posted by: Suzanne Elaine Beam | Feb 26, 2013 15:05

 need to close all meth labs, it is just another additive drug an the people that work hard support there habit,  that the state of maine pays for ,which is use


Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Feb 26, 2013 14:32

Seems the Board of Selectmen should of been there, Town Clerk and perhaps some other South Thomaston officials.  If the story is correct, it would seem we have overdone it a little bit. 

Posted by: Debra Damon | Feb 26, 2013 14:26

Good more drugs stopped! You go get them DEA.


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