Niagara Gazette

March 20, 2013

Inactive Meth lab found on 18th Street

By Rick Pfeiffer
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Falls Police narcotics detectives say they have taken down a small-scale meth lab.

The discovery was made on Wednesday, when officers were called to an apartment building in the 400 block of 18th Street to "assist another government agency." When the officers arrived, they made a startling discovery in the basement of the apartment building.

"They saw what they believed was a meth lab," Narcotics Division Lt. Ted Weed said. "It wasn't active, though it may have been at one time."

Because the "remnants of the lab" were in what investigators called "a common area" of the building, Weed said it was unlikely any charges would be filed based on the discovery.

"There won't be any charges, but because there are people, children, living in the building it was important that we get in there and clean it up," Weed said.

 A specially trained team of New York State Police investigators were called in to removed the contents of the former lab. It's the third meth lab to be found in the city in the past year.