Neighbors said they saw drug activity but never expected deputies would find a methamphetamine lab.
The Special Investigations Unit of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant Tuesday at 17257 East Burnside Apt #308 just before midnight with the help from Gresham Police and MCSO Patrol Deputies.
When deputies went into the apartment they saw a firearm lying in plain view. Officers quickly secured the apartment and took seven suspects into custody. During the raid, police said the alleged cook Lance Mitchell Gerber,53, splashed chemical into his eyes. Deputies immediately treated him with an emergency eye wash. Officers then cleared the apartment and activated HazMat Team 3 made up of Gresham Fire, Gresham Police and MCSO deputies to respond to the location and begin decontamination of the people in custody and the apartment.
After being decontaminated at the scene Gerber was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and on to Multnomah County Detention Center to be booked.
Gerber is charged with Manufacturing of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine. The investigation is continuing and additional charges could be added.
Two of the other suspects were decontaminated and arrested on outstanding warrants, they are listed below. Keechan Brown was arrested on a Parole Violation for Possession of a weapon. Jesse Allen Flurry was arrested on an outstanding warrant for drug charges.
The four remaining suspects were questioned and released after being decontaminated at the scene. The investigation is continuing and police said there could be more arrests and charges.