Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate po­ten­tial meth lab

Haz­mat team called to area off Jef­fer­son Ave. near air­port

Daily Press (Sunday) - - Local News - By Tara Boz­ick Staff writer Tara Boz­ick, 757-247-4741, tboz­[email protected]­ly­press.com

New­port News po­lice and fire de­part­ments in­ves­ti­gated a sus­pected meth lab in the wooded area be­hind Sam’s Club in the 12400 block of Jef­fer­son Av­enue on Satur­day af­ter­noon, a po­lice spokesman said. Po­lice who were re­spond­ing to a call at 1:50 p.m. lo­cated a tent with bot­tles con­tain­ing a sub­stance that of­fi­cers sus­pected could be re­lated to meth, said New­port News po­lice spokesman B.J. May­nard.

The fire depart­ment’s haz­mat (haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als) team was called to the scene.

Based on the ma­te­ri­als found at the scene, the site is be­ing treated as a sus­pected meth lab and the fire depart­ment con­tacted Vir­ginia State Po­lice to take over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, New­port News Fire Bat­tal­ion Chief Wes­ley Rogers said.

The fire depart­ment could not con­firm if metham­phetamine, an il­le­gal drug, was at the site. Meth pro­duc­tion re­sults in toxic byprod­ucts.

The sus­pected meth lab is not on the Sam’s Club prop­erty or park­ing lot, May­nard said. The wooded prop­erty is owned by the air­port.

No one was re­ported to be in­jured and the area sur­round­ing the site does not pose a dan­ger to the pub­lic, Rogers said.

ROB OSTERMAIER/STAFF

Po­lice lo­cated a tent Satur­day with bot­tles con­tain­ing a sub­stance that of­fi­cers sus­pected could be re­lated to meth. Of­fi­cials passed the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to Vir­ginia State Po­lice.

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