Police discovermeth lab

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Police evacuated and sealed off part of the fourth floor of the Frontier Suites Airport Hotel Monday night during a raid on a meth lab, Juneau police said.

The hotel called police at 6:11 p.m. about a former employee who apparently had made a key card and was using one of the rooms, said police and Josh Peterson, assistant to the hotel owner.

Between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Monday, Juneau police discovered items in a fourth-floor room that appeared to have been used in the production of methamphetamine, according to Capt. Tom Porter and Sgt. Dave Campbell.

No one was found in the room and no one is in custody, Porter said shortly after 10 p.m. Monday.

Hotel staff can identify the man they believe was trespassing in the room, Campbell said.

"We know who we're looking for," he said.

The employee was believed to have been sleeping in the fourth-floor room since Friday, Peterson said.

A Southeast Alaska Narcotics Enforcement Team officer came out of the front door of the hotel shortly after 10 p.m. carrying a container of chemicals seized from the room.

Federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration were called in to investigate.

"Due to the highly flammable and toxic nature of things like that, we have to use special people who have training to enter those locations," Porter said.

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