NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Police with Christopher Newport University have released new information into the investigation of a methamphetamine lab on campus.
According to an affidavit from CNU Police, officers responded to a loud noise and drug complaint in room 231 in the Wilson Apartments on March 28. While there, they found and confiscated several items that looked to be drug related in plain view.
The next day, on March 29, the items that were confiscated were identified as precursors and actual liquid product of a methamphetamine lab. CNU Police were then assisted by the Newport News Police Department, Newport News Fire Department and the Newport News Fire Marshall's Office in their investigation.
The affidavit said Room 231 in the Wilson Apartments was evacuated and officers checked in the common area for any other chemicals that could be hazardous. According to the affidavit, the air in the room did test positive for phosphine and iodine, precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine.
The room was deemed safe for entry, however.
Just after 6 p.m. on March 29, one of the suspects involved in the incident and a current resident in Room 231B returned to the residence, the affidavit said. Police also said a complaint was received as both an issue of trespassing and a welfare check concern because he allegedly made comments to a staff member about suicidal thoughts.
The suspect, who has not been identified, was arrested for trespassing.
While on scene in Room 231B, officers reportedly found the following items in plain view:
- One plastic bag containing a powdery substance believed to be SPICE
- Two plastic bags containing trace amounts of a green, leafy substance consistent with marijuana
- One black case said to be open with a small trace of a green, leafy substance consistent with marijuana.
- One white plastic bottle containing and labeled "muriatic acid," which is a precursor for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
The room was then closed and sealed to be considered a crime scene.
No charges have been filed at this time.
The Commonwealth's Attorney's office is still gathering interviews from witnesses for its criminal investigation.
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