ST. ALBANS — Police have arrested Adam Rheaume, 30, of St. Albans City on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Rheaume resided in apartment 2A at 100 Lake St., to which St. Albans City police and firefighters were called Saturday at 5:30 p.m. for a report of burning plastic.

Police had already begun an investigation of Rheaume after a clerk at Ace Hardware, located in the same building where Rheaume lived, reported he had purchased items that could be used to make meth.

According to Vermont State Police, Rheaume had made similar purchases at two other stores.

After securing a search warrant on Sunday morning, investigators found items used to manufacture methamphetamine inside a garbage bag outside the apartment building.

Inside Rheaume’s apartment they uncovered a “one pot” system, used to make meth; along with items used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Rheaume has a lengthy criminal history. In 2012, he was sentenced to an additional year in prison after spitting on and attempting to bite a member of prison staff a the Northwest State Correctional Facility. At that time he was in prison for burglary.

He has past convictions of escaping custody, providing false information to law enforcement, DUI, and driving while license suspended.

Rheaume was taken into custody by Probation and Parole. Rheaume was also issued a citation and is scheduled to appear on April 28 at the Franklin Superior Court Criminal Division to answer to the charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.