A man and a woman from Indian Island, were charged with Class B Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (methamphetamine) and Class B Unlawful Operation of a Meth Lab.

MDEA

Charged are Ashley Coffman, 35,  and Kristopher Loring, 37. These arrests were the result of an investigation conducted by the Penobscot Nation Police Department with assistance from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

For the past several weeks, the Penobscot Nation Police Department has been conducting an investigation into the suspected manufacturing of methamphetamine by residents of  Burnurwurbskek Lane on the island. Officers on Monday located a significant amount of evidence consistent with the illegal manufacturing of meth which had been discarded in trash destined for the local landfill, said Maine Dept. of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

With the assistance of investigators from MDEA’s laboratory response team, the police department and MDEA agents searched the house. Coffman and Loring were there along with two young children. Found inside was additional meth related evidence, said McCausland.

Both Coffman and Loring were transported to the Penobscot County jail  with bail set on both at $50,000 cash. The children, ages 2 and 7, were placed into the custody of child protective workers from the Penobscot Nation.

This marks the ninth meth response by MDEA this month and the 26th for the year. The MDEA will continue to work closely with the Penobscot Nation Police Department on this investigation. More arrests are likely.