Berlin burglary investigation leads police to meth lab

BERLIN – An investigation into a burglary lead Berlin police to discover what they believe is a meth lab.

Mark Morin, 38, of 441 First Avenue, was arrested on charges of burglary, being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of contempt of court.

According to police, additional charges will be sought in the future.

Berlin police said they responded Sunday to a report of a burglary, and witnesses reported a firearm had been stolen.

As a result of the investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Morin. On Monday, the Berlin/Gorham Emergency Response Team, along with the Coos County Sheriff’s Department, was activated because of the possible presence of the firearm. Morin was taken into custody without incident.

Police obtained a search warrant for his residence for items related to the burglary. While executing the search warrant, investigators discovered items they suspected had been used in manufacturing the illicit drug methamphetamine. Police secured the residence and contacted the U.S. Enforcement Administration’s Clandestine Laboratory Team for assistance. A second search warrant was obtained and executed by the lab team.

Morin was initially held on $10,000 cash bail and transported to the Coos County Jail in West Stewartstown. On Tuesday, Coos County Superior Court set bail at $10,000 corporate surety or $1,000 cash.

Berlin Police Department is actively pursuing leads and is requesting assistance from the public in identifying and locating other suspects involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine and other illicit drugs. Information can be reported to the detective division by calling (603) 752-3131.