HOULTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has been awarded $905,102 grant to combat the state's widespread drug problem. The two year grant is from the U.S. Department of Justice and will be used to assist MDEA in investigating the sale and manufacturing of methamphetamine in Maine.
In 2014, MDEA has responded to 26 meth labs, six more than last year. Of those 26 meth labs, 11 of those were in Aroostook County. Officials fear that it's getting easier to set up a meth lab causing the numbers of them to spike statewide.
MDEA supervisor Shawn Gillen said it doesn't require a chemistry background, drug producers just need the ingredients, none of which require a prescription.
"You can make it in a soda bottle and relatively quick a couple hours later you could have methamphetamine. It's very concerning," said Gillen.