Washburn Couple Charged with Aggravated Drug Trafficking [PHOTO]
On Thursday, August 4th, police and drug agents allegedly uncovered a meth making operation in a Washburn couple's home on Main Street.
As the result of a joint investigation between the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Washburn Police Department, a methamphetamine manufacturing operation was dismantled late last week in Washburn, according to MDEA Commander Peter Arno .
Over the course of the past several weeks, investigators assigned to MDEA’s Aroostook Task Force along with members of the Washburn Police Department have been investigating the suspected meth manufacturing and sale of the drug by a husband and wife in the town of Washburn. This investigation has included the undercover purchase of drugs from the couple’s home located on Main Street in Washburn, said police.
On Thursday, August 4 agents from MDEA’s laboratory response team, along with officers of the Washburn Police Department executed a search warrant at 1349 Main Street in Washburn. Discovered during the search was a significant amount of evidence consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Just prior to the execution of the search warrant at the residence, agents located one of the occupants of the home, Darin Cunningham, driving along the South Wade Road in Wade. As they attempted to stop Cunningham, agents observed him throwing what was later determined to be meth-making material out the window of the vehicle, Arno said.
As a result of this investigation, 36-year-old Darin Cunningham, along with his wife, 31-year-old Kaylie Cunningham, have both been charged with Aggravated Operation of a Methamphetamine Lab. Officials said, this charge was aggravated due to the fact that the Cunningham’s residence is less than 1000 feet from a designated school zone.
Both were transported to the Aroostook County Jail where bail was set at $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety for both. In addition, a referral was made to DHHS due to the fact that a minor child also lives at the residence. This child was not at home when the search warrant was executed.
This investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.
The Washburn PD and the MDEA were assisted by the Aroostook Sheriff’s Office, Maine DEP, Crown Ambulance and the Washburn Fire Department.