South Portland assault call leads to meth lab charge

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SOUTH PORTLAND — A local man charged with domestic violence and manufacturing methamphetamine is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on $25,000 bail following a court appearance Monday in Cumberland County Superior Court.

Rick Anderson, 36, was arrested Sunday, Aug. 21, after police responded just after 5 p.m. to a call from a woman who said she was assaulted and threatened by her boyfriend. 

The woman also indicated there was a mobile meth lab inside the couple’s apartment in Old English Village at 497 Westbrook St., according to an Aug. 22 press release from Sgt. Steve Webster.

When police arrived, Anderson refused to answer the door or his phone, Webster said. With help from the Southern Maine Regional SWAT team, local police then secured the perimeter and the building, from which other tenants were evacuated.

Anderson was arrested around 9 p.m. after the SWAT team entered his apartment, and found evidence of a meth lab, according to Webster.

Anderson was charged with domestic violence criminal threatening, domestic violence assault, criminal mischief, obstructing the report of a crime, unlawful operation of a methamphatamine laboratory and unlawful possession of methamphetamine. 

Anderson was not required to enter a plea when he appeared Monday in court, but his bail was set with conditions that include no contact with the victim, no use or possession of alcohol or drugs, no possession of pseudoephedrine and the expectation that he must submit to searches. 

Alex Acquisto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or aacquisto@theforecaster.net. Follow Alex on Twitter: @AcquistoA

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South Portland and Scarborough reporter for The Forecaster. Graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Alex can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106.