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Authorities raided an apartment in Montgomery County, Philadelphia on Wednesday morning and seized evidence of a meth lab. Four individuals have been arrested and are now in custody.
Officials responded to the scene at Rolling Hills Apartments around 3 a.m., closing off Buchert Road in Sanatoga to investigate a tip they have received regarding the presence of a meth lab. Once inside the apartment, police say they discovered components of an illegal drug lab manufacturing methamphetamine.
Chopper 3 flew over the scene of the investigation where officials were documenting items taken from the house.
Four people from the apartment were detained by the police. Criminal charges are pending while the authorities complete the investigation.
Chief Michael Foltz with the Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department said: “There was a significant amount of product taken out that was being produced, we obviously don’t want that in our communities and this tip helped take that off the streets.”
The apartment was also condemned by Lower Pottsgrove Codes Department as result of the contamination from the chemicals used in the manufacturing operation. The Pennsylvania State Police also put a warning posted to the apartment door. The statement read: “A clandestine laboratory for the manufacture of illegal drugs/and or hazardous chemicals was seized at this location.”
A neighbor, Tim Lesane, says they learned quickly about the police operation in the area, and naturally they got concerned since police presence is not normal in their neighborhood. He says theirs is usually a “nice place” and that they don’t have such illegal activities going around.
Another resident and member of the neighborhood crime watch also says such activities will not be tolerated in their area. He said: “Management here, she keeps a tight leash on any kind of drug activity or alcohol activity going on in the complex.”
The operation was made possible by the joint efforts of Lower Pottsgrove Police Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab unit, the Montgomery County Detectives, Upper Pottsgrove Township Police, Limerick Township Police and Royersford Borough Police Department.