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The Trumbull and Ashtabula Group Task Force is investigating after someone stumbled upon a meth lab near a Warren apartment complex Monday night.
Bright lights and men in HazMat suits converged on a yard next to the Warren Heights Apartment Complex on Douglas Street. Resident Michelle Merk’s boyfriend, Jay Toney, caught the action on his cell phone from the upstairs window of their apartment.
“There was all these cups and substances and people in suits, and they were mixing things and stirring things, and they wouldn’t let anybody around,” said Merk.
Neighbor Adrian Favors said it looked like a scene out of a movie.
“I just seen a book bag outside of the house, and I seen about three or four firefighters with things and all that good stuff, taking out bottles out of the bag, and I thought it was like a bomb, actually, you know,” said Favors. “It just scares me because I have kids, and they would tell us what was going on, and I figured they were all dressed up. You know, it was serious, but it just makes me nervous because the kids play back there.”
Task force director Lt. Jeff Orr force said the backpack contained all the materials and ingredients needed to manufacture methamphetamine, but said the lab was not active.
Neighbor Leroy McKinzie said he is shocked by what was found near the place he has called home for the last 24 years.
“For something like this, in our community, was a shock,” said McKinzie. “We don’t want a bad reputation in our community because this is a nice area to live.”
TAG officers sent the material to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to be tested. No arrests have been made, but police said they have a person of interest in the case.