After finding and dismantling a methamphetamine lab last week, police want to assure the community that the area is safe for residents.
Middlesex Police released a statement on its website to alleviate the concerns of the public over the lab, which was recently found in the township.
Police say some residents have called voicing concerns over the safety of the meth lab that was taken down by Middlesex Police, State Police and the Cumberland County Drug Task Force.
State Police have one of the best meth lab response teams in the country and coupled with the hard work of local HAZMAT teams, the scene was contained and is safe for residents of Hickorytown Road and others, according to police.
“Rest assured, if there were a public health emergency, we would notify you via our emergency alert notification system, which you can sign up for free by clicking the link on the main page,” the release said.
The lab was raided and dismantled on Sept. 21, after a lengthy investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police. A search warrant was served at a home at 17 Hickorytown Road in Middlesex Township at 5:30 a.m. Friday and police found the lab in a trailer behind the home.
Brian D. Paddock, 48, was charged with operating a methamphetamine lab, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, causing or risking a catastrophe, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia as a result, state police at Carlisle said.
Police say the operation had been going on since April. The charges were filed before Magisterial District Judge Susan Day in Mt. Holly Springs.
Crews were on scene Friday cleaning up the materials and chemicals used by suspects to create the illegal drug.
No information on what had been confiscated or if finished drugs had been found were released.
Fire crews with Carlisle Fire and Rescue Services, as well as Middlesex Township, were on scene as a precautionary measure, according to Trooper Adam Reed.
Meth labs pose a danger to police, neighbors and the occupants of the location where the lab is operating, he said. Chemicals used in the manufacturing process pose severe inhalation risks and are very flammable. Because of this, law enforcement is taking every precaution in the dismantling of this operation, he said.
“We take the utmost precautions when it comes to meth labs, that is why we have our guys back there in their hazardous materials suits and respirators and everything else simply because meth is an inhalant danger,” Reed said. “It is an explosive danger; it poses a risk to everyone on scene here as well as neighbors and the public in general.”