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Charlottesville Police Investigate Meth Lab on Franklin Street

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Crews on scene in 700 black on Franklin Street Crews on scene in 700 black on Franklin Street

Hazmat teams spent hours Wednesday along Franklin Street in Charlottesville, where investigators say they found a meth lab inside an apartment building.

Police say three people were detained that day but later released. Friday, Charlottesville police told NBC29 one of those people was arrested on an unrelated distribution charge. A grand jury will not decide until October 21 whether he will be charged for Wednesday's bust.

An ongoing investigation confirmed to authorities there was a meth lab inside the apartment building in the 700 block of Franklin, but neighbors say it was no secret to them either.

"It isn't shocking. It's been well known. They're free and open with it, they tell you that they have the juice or whatever," one neighbor said.

Members of Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement task force executed a search warrant around 10:15 a.m. in the apartment building. Police say meth wasn't being cooked at the time. As several people stopped and stared to get a look at the investigation for themselves, neighbors say just the thought of what could have gone wrong is troubling.

"That was my first fear after I talked to my sister-in-law that if it blew up what was going to happen or who was going to be hurt or what not," said Kim Moses, who lives in the neighborhood.

Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts of the Charlottesville Police Department said, "The other side of it too is the inhaling some of those chemicals can be very life threatening also."

Several neighbors we spoke with said they had thought about calling law enforcement.

"Because they say the girl was pregnant or something and they thought about calling the police because her drinking the juice and being pregnant ain't good. I don't know even know what the juice is, it's some kind of meth or something they make themselves," said the neighbor who wished to remain anonymous.

Police have not said what led them to the apartment building or how long they've been investigating.

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