Police investigate potential meth lab
Hazmat team called to area off Jefferson Ave. near airport
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.
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.