A Caribou man has been charged with trafficking in methamphetamine after police say they found a lab for making the dangerous drug at his mobile home.

Keith Tingley, Jr. mugshot/MDEA

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant Friday evening at a home on the Old Washburn Road in Caribou, according to regional Commander Peter Arno.

Earlier in the day, Maine State Police had carried out an unrelated search warrant and found evidence of a possible methamphetamine operation. The suspected “one pot” lab was discovered in a crawl space underneath the mobile home.  Officers immediately vacated the residence and notified members of MDEA’s Clandestine Drug Laboratory Enforcement Team.

This MDEA's search warrant was executed at approximately 7 p.m. Friday.  During the search, Arno said, agents seized a significant amount of evidence which is consistent with the illicit manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Police charged 47-year-old Keith Tingley Jr. of Caribou with Class B trafficking of methamphetamine, a Schedule W drug.

Early Saturday morning, Tingley was able to come up with the $20,000 cash bail and was released from the Aroostook County Jail.


The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency lab team was assisted at the scene by the Maine State Police, the Caribou Police Department, the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

This is the 10th time this year MDEA personnel have responded to a methamphetamine lab-related incident, several of them in Aroostook County.