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Fumes probe leads to meth lab suspicion

Apr 25, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

The Riverton Police Department is continuing its investigation into what they believe to be a meth lab that was discovered at a house late Friday night.

RPD Capt. Eric Murphy said that when police arrived to 120 S. Hill St., the man suspected of cooking methamphetamine at the residence fled the scene and apparently stole a vehicle from someone he knew.

Murphy said the vehicle was located in Colorado Monday morning. He did not indicate if the suspect was found.

Police chief Mike Broadhead said there has been no arrest made in the case.

"We don't have a warrant out for him," Broadhead said Tuesday morning.

Broadhead said law enforcement is still trying to put together the case and make sure it was an actual meth lab and not "just a bad science project gone bad."

"All of those chemicals have been put in a safe location," he said, adding that the investigation will include extensive lab work. "I don't expect it to be quick."

Murphy said police were called to the residence at 11:35 p.m. on April 20 for a report of a male subject cooking meth.

He said officer Todd Baxter arrived and observed what he believed to be a meth lab. Baxter got the occupants out of the house and secured the area, Murphy said.

"Officer Baxter requested the DCI (Division of Criminal Investigation), Riverton Fire Department and Region 5 HAZMAT (hazardous materials) team to the location," Murphy said in a release. "DCI agents arrived as well as HAZMAT members and they determined that ... in fact someone had attempted to cook methamphetamine."

Murphy said chemicals were found and taken into custody by law enforcement and secured by HAZMAT containers.

"The Riverton Police Department and DCI are working together to locate the male subject who was cooking the substance," Murphy said.

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