HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Police discovered a possible meth lab in a trailer park during their investigation of a business robbery on Friday.
Dispatchers were called around 2 p.m. after the 7-Eleven store in the 300 block of East Mercury Boulevard was robbed.
Hampton Police say a man went inside the store, showed a gun and demanded money. He left the store with an undisclosed amount of money and headed towards a nearby trailer park.
While police were searching for the robbery suspect, they found a suspected meth lab in one of the homes. Police say they saw materials consistent with making methamphetamine.
Both the Virginia State Police/Drug Enforcement Agency Division 5 Drug Clandestine Unit and the Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue Hazmat Team responded to the scene to assist police with the investigation.
Residents in the East Hampton Homes trailer park neighborhood say it has been a scary couple of days due to this investigation.
“You can’t feel too much of nothing right now because I’m just glad it’s over, that’s the main thing. It’s over,” one resident tells 10 On Your Side.
Another residents says their first reaction to learning there was possibly a nearby meth lab was concern for their family. “Oh my God, my grandkids, I gotta hurry up and get them, because I can’t afford for this stuff to be happening out here I have grandkids,” they said.
The property manager at the trailer park, who asked to not be identified, say the people who live in the suspected trailer have always given them problems, but never thought this is what was going on inside.
Now, he says he is going to makes sure changes are made on his property.
“I’m going to make sure of that, cause if it happened here again and I find out about it, they’re out of here. I’m getting ready to kick another trailer out probably before the week is out, I have to it’s what I gotta do,” he said.
They have not made any arrests for the robbery or the illegal narcotics investigation. They also have not made it clear how the two events are related.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Hampton Police Division at (757) 727-6111 or the Crime Line at 1 (888) LOCK-U-UP. You can also submit a tip online.
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