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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) – Authorities have detained four people following an alleged meth lab bust in Montgomery County.
Police could be seen outside an apartment building at Rolling Hills Apartments on Buchert Road and Laurel Way in Lower Pottsgrove Township, early Wednesday morning.
Police say they responded to the building around 3 a.m. to investigate a tip of a meth lab. Once inside, police say they found components of an illegal drug lab to manufacture methamphetamine. Chopper 3 flew over the scene where authorities were apparently cataloging items taken from the house.
Neighbor Tim Lesane says word got around quickly about what was going down just up the street from his home in the Rolling Hills apartment complex off Buchert Road.
“This was something unusual and normally a nice place here, we don’t have those type of activities, you know, police coming around,” said Lesane.
Police say four residents inside the home were detained and criminal charges are pending the outcome of the investigation. CBS3 has learned that the people who lived there were fairly new to the area.
“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,” said Chief Michael Foltz with the Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department.
Michael Burns, with the neighborhood crime watch, says management and the those who live here won’t stand for this.
“Management here, she keeps a tight leash on any kind of drug activity or alcohol activity going on in the complex,” said Burns.
Lower Pottsgrove Police were assisted on scene by the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab unit, the Montgomery County Detectives, Upper Pottsgrove Township Police, Limerick Township Police and Royersford Borough Police Department.
The apartment was condemned by Lower Pottsgrove Codes Department as result of the contamination from the chemicals used in the manufacturing operation.