The Falmouth and Barnstable police departments uncovered a methamphetamine laboratory in a home at 87 Chestnut Street in Teaticket today, June 12, before arresting two individuals in connection with what some detectives and police officials said is the first methamphetamine lab they have seen on Cape Cod.
A 10-year-old child was present at the time of the arrest.
Undercover police cruisers, an ambulance and fire truck, and a gray Drug Enforcement Agency vehicle were deployed to the scene. Yellow police tape was wrapped around the yard of the home off Maravista Avenue.
Police arrested Edward Rooney, 33, a resident of the Chestnut Street home and charged him with possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance and carrying a dangerous weapon, a spring-assisted knife. Police also arrested Sean Mahavik, 25, whom police listed as homeless, and charged him with possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug.
The two were arrested after a motor vehicle stop on Maravista Avenue this morning. The 10-year-old child was in the vehicle and the investigation revealed that the child was living in the residence where the meth lab was discovered. Mr. Rooney was the operator of the vehicle and he was intoxicated at the time of the motor vehicle stop, police said.
The lab at the Chestnut Street home was called a “textbook operation” in terms of the lab equipment and chemicals used by the cooks, detectives from the Barnstable Narcotics Unit said.
The amount of methamphetamine found in the home is still unknown and the scale of the operation is also unknown at this time.
As of 1 PM today Falmouth police had not stepped inside the residence. Members of the Drug Enforcement Agency wore HAZMAT suits while conducting the operation.
Detectives in the Barnstable County narcotics division said they had discovered an influx of methamphetamine, or crystal meth or meth as a street name, in the Main Street area of Hyannis. After what was described as a short investigation involving controlled buys, the meth was tracked backed to the Falmouth residence.