Brainerd police together with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the NET VI Drug Task Force broke up a methamphetamine lab Monday afternoon in northeast Brainerd.
Brainerd Police Chief Frank Ball said agents executed a search warrant Monday at the residence. Officers recovered chemicals and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine, including solvents, acids, filters and red phosphorus.
"This is the 12th such drug lab in the four-county area," said Ball, who is the NET VI director. "This is the second such drug lab in the area to use the red phosphorus, which is considered the most volatile. This is not a good sign for things to come from the illegal drug trade in this area."
No arrests yet have been made in this most recent case.
Although meth use is on the rise and drug labs are being discovered more commonly, Ball said police are optimistic as drug dealers and meth cookers are going to prison. "Aggressive prosecution and neighbors that are calling the cops about suspected drug dealing and drug labs are the tools that are being utilized," he said.
Ball said this Monday search warrant was secured based on a law enforcement lead precipitated by neighborhood reports to police.
Judging by the state of the equipment, Ball said he believed this lab had been in operation some time.
Ball said a state hazardous materials safety team was called to the house to dismantle the meth lab and remove the chemicals from the residence.
These meth labs present fire hazards in neighborhoods because of the hazardous and volatile chemicals, Ball said.
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