Police investigate suspected meth lab 7.8.09

Written by David Green.

Charges haven’t yet been filed against three people involved in the alleged production of methamphetamine on Gorham Street in Morenci.

Officers from the OMNI-III narcotics investigation team were assisted by Morenci and Adrian police July 1 in a raid of a rental house at 139 Gorham St. Charles Cassidy, the renter, and two others are suspects.

Det. Sgt. Sinclair of OMNI-III said suspicion arose recently when an Adrian police officer visited the house when attempting to contact a person on another criminal charge.

He was invited into the house and noticed several components used in meth production.

The phrase “meth lab” can give a false idea of what’s involved, Sinclair said. Rather than a laboratory setting, production is improvised out of common materials such as pop bottles, drain cleaner and cold medicine.

The incident is still under investigation since the residents weren’t involved in production at the time.

“You seldom find them in operation unless you walk in right while they’re doing it,” Sinclair said.

The materials can quickly be hidden from sight.

Officers spent all day at the house last Wednesday to ventilate the structure and remove materials. After the items were aired out and categorized, a clean-up crew under contract with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration removed materials from the site.

Sinclair said OMNI III will present its findings to the prosecutor who will decide on charges against the three suspects.

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