Police discover meth lab in apartment

Posted: 24th September 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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The methamphetamine lab that police discovered Thursday afternoon in the bathtub of a Lost Woods Avenue apartment was one of about 40 meth lab incidents reported in Warren County this year, a decrease from last year.

Bowling Green Police Department officers discovered what they are calling a one-step methamphetamine lab at 554 Lost Woods Ave. after neighbors complained about a loud bang and smoke coming from the upstairs windows.

Meth Lab on Lost Woods Ave.


Justin K. Collins, 28, was arrested and decontaminated by the Bowling Green Fire Department with a large water hose in front of the building as neighbors gathered in the parking lot.

Collins is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine first offense and first-degree wanton endangerment. He is in Warren County Regional Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond, according to online jail records.

A new law that places restrictions on purchasing pseudoephedrine – found in several over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines and is the main ingredient in meth – has put a dent in the number of meth lab incidents discovered in the area, said Tommy Loving, director of the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force.

So far this year, officials have been called out on 40 meth lab incidents – 52 incidents were recorded by this time last year, he said. An incident can mean a single lab or can include multiple labs.

“We are beginning to see a little bit of a decrease,” he said, adding that pseudoephedrine sales are down in the Bowling Green area. “One trend is going to follow another.”

Because the lab that was found Thursday had caught fire, it was difficult to immediately decipher the ingredients, but it was definitely the remnants of a meth lab, said task force Detective Jason Scott.

Collins was inside apartment A with his mother when neighbors called police around 11:30 a.m. reporting that a fire had broken out there. No one was injured, according to Officer Ronnie Ward, BGPD spokesman.

Police discovered remains of the suspected meth lab smoldering in a bathtub. The meth lab was in a bottle that was inside a trash can – someone apparently had thrown the trash can into the tub after it caught fire, Scott said.

The lab was found in a two-story townhouse with Halloween and fall decorations and rose bushes in the front and a bronze wind chime near the door. Mary Bullock, who lives in apartment C, was watching television in her living room when she heard a loud noise.

“It sounded like a shotgun went off,” she said, adding she thought the townhouse was on fire when she saw black smoke coming from the upstairs windows. “I’ve never seen anything like this before in my life.”

Bullock said she has been suspicious of her neighbors since she saw them smoking what appeared to be marijuana in the parking lot and complained to her landlords. She has also been bothered by odors coming from somewhere in the building, she said.

“My nose would be burning real bad, and it would (smell like) ammonia,” she said.

Joyce Crabtree, the property manager, said she has received complaints about people in that apartment before and that she was preparing to give them an eviction notice. The residents in the next door apartment once called the police to complain about their neighbors, Crabtree said.

“They had complained before that he would be sitting on the sidewalk, banging his head on the sidewalk,” she said.

Police officers wearing gas masks and white hazmat suits entered the apartment, gathering black bags of evidence. As police began to leave, an orange warning sign was plastered to the front door. The health department will have to declare the apartment habitable before anyone can live there again.







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