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Possible meth lab found in Petersburg Storage unit

Posted at 3:48 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 23:39:23-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Law Enforcement officials responded to the AAAA Self Storage Wednesday afternoon after receiving a report of a possible crystal methamphetamine lab inside of a storage unit.

The area around the 1600 block of E. Washington Street was blocked off for hours while law enforcement and HAZMAT teams investigated the scene.

“What they discovered is that there was a substance inside, it’s been unidentified. We will send that to the Virginia State Lab for testing to determine exactly what it is,” Petersburg police spokeswoman Esther Hyatt said. “There were some other items in the unit that police also recovered that may be evidence once we figured out exactly what was going on.”

AAAA Self Storage

AAAA Self Storage

A smell was emanating from a storage unit, and a police dog identified the scent as toxic. It is not known at this time the source of the smell.

Police said several officers and at least two storage unit employees were exposed to chemicals after a foul odor led them to the storage unit. Everyone was checked out and found to be OK.

Police are now awaiting on the results of the test from the Virginia State Lab to determine if charges will be filed in the case.

The location is near Petersburg National Battlefield and within two miles of the Fort Lee military base.

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