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Parents Of Dead Baby Charged With Making Methamphetamine - Mar. 22, 2014

DANFORTH, Maine --- The parents of a baby who died Friday morning and whose mobile home later burned have been arrested and charged with making methamphetamine.

Allen Richardson, 39 and Tabbatha Osnoe, 30, both of Danforth were charged with Class B trafficking of methamphetamine, a Schedule W drug.


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The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said they had received a call Friday from an investigator with the State of Maine Fire Marshal's Office, who stated that during an investigation into the origin and cause of a fire at the 34 Weatherbee Street address, he located several items which are typically used in conjunction with a "one pot" methamphetamine laboratory.

With information provided by the fire marshal investigator, along with other independent information, the MDEA's Aroostook County Task Force and the Clandestine Drug Laboratory Enforcement Team (CDLET) executed a search warrant Saturday morning at 34 Weatherbee Street in Danforth and located evidence of a clandestine methamphetamine manufacturing operation.

"During the search, agents seized a significant amount of evidence which is consistent with the illicit manufacturing of methamphetamine," the MDEA statement said.

Both Richardson and Osnoe were transported to the Washington County Jail. Both were on probation and a probation hold was placed on them in addition to the above charges.

The State Fire Marshal's Office continues to investigate the cause of the fire  and the State Medical Examiner's Office will conduct additional tests in order to determine the cause of the baby's death.

CDLET was assisted by the Maine State Police, the Maine Fire Marshal's office, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, a chemist from Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory (HETL), and Danforth Fire Department.