Contamination closes apartmentMethamphetamine levels found to be over 50 percent higher than safe levels
City of Washington police have declared an apartment off limits Friday after amounts of methamphetamine were found. Further information will be released when it becomes available.
According to a press release from the Washington County Communications Center, apartment 3D at 306 North Marion Avenue in Washington tested positive for meth, the result of meth being manufactured inside the apartment. The apartment was reportedly evacuated and will remain closed. A padlock and hasp have been placed on the door to keep people out.
“Because of the nature of methamphetamine residue, they cannot allow anything to be removed from the apartment at this time,” the release said.
Washington Police Chief Greg Goodman was unavailable for comment this morning regarding whether the incident is connected to a meth lab found in a vehicle on Dec. 5. According to the police log, a search warrant was served on the address shortly after the rolling meth lab was stopped in the 100 block of West Washington Street. At the time, Goodman confirmed the search warrant was in reference to the same case.
Notices will be handed out soon to the other residents of the building, along with a frequently asked questions sheet from the State of Iowa. The release said that as soon as possible, common areas of each floor would be tested for methamphetamine. If the tests are positive, the entire building will be evacuated and remain so until proper clean up can be done.
The release said that a contractor specializing in meth testing indicated the results were 50 to 90 percent above normal safe limits in the apartment.
During a previous interview, Washington Police Sgt. Ron See, a lab-certified officer, said that cleaning up after a meth lab is also difficult. In areas where a meth lab has been used, there is a danger of acute exposure to harmful chemicals. Exposure to high concentrations of chemical vapor can cause health problems and even death.
He said houses are considered hazardous after a meth lab is discovered inside. Any building discovered with a meth lab must undergo meth testing and, if necessary, decontamination before it can be occupied again. According to USA Today, the cost to clean up a house can range from $5,000 to $10,000.