Maine man accused of turning Methodist church’s playroom into meth lab

A Maine man has been accused of turning a children’s playroom at a Methodist church into a meth lab, investigators said.

Matthew Anderson, 33, was arrested after police responded to a “suspicious activity” complaint at the Buxton United Methodist Church on Thursday, the Buxton Police Department wrote on Facebook.

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When officers arrived at the church, they found items that were “consistent with the manufacturing process of methamphetamine” in an upstairs area designated as a children’s playroom, police said.

Anderson was charged with the unlawful operation of a methamphetamine lab inside a children's playroom at a Methodist church, police said.

Anderson was charged with the unlawful operation of a methamphetamine lab inside a children's playroom at a Methodist church, police said. (Buxton Police Department)

Officers then called the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) to help assist in the investigation.

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Officials identified Anderson as a suspect and took him into custody at a nearby home, police said.

After being interviewed, Anderson was charged with the unlawful operation of a methamphetamine lab. He was held at the York County Jail after he was unable to post his $50,000 bail.

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He is scheduled to appear in Alfred Superior Court on Jan. 24.