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Possible meth lab found in Hannibal senior high rise


HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -- In the past few days meth labs seem to be popping everywhere, even an apartment building for seniors citizens and disabled people isn't immune to meth.

Just this past weekend Hannibal Police found what seems to be a meth lab at the Laura Hawkins High Rise.

"Someone had been in the bathroom trying to mix up something in a glass jar,"  said Jack McCord with the Hannibal Housing Authority. "The glass jar broke and, of course, splattered all over the bathroom."

That's what officials say caused the strong odor that began to infiltrate the halls, tipping police off to the possible meth lab.

"Just something strong, like urine," described Laura Gerard who lives just down the hall from the apartment where the spilled chemicals were found.

The incident has left other residents here at Laura Hawkins feeling unsettled.

"I think it pretty well sucks," said Daniel Vaughn. "I mean, this is supposed to be a safe place for all of us."

Hannibal's Housing Authority oversee Laura Hawkins Hall, and McCord says no residents were in danger during the incident last weekend.

"When I showed up the narcotics task force was with me," said McCord. "They're very qualified and trained in cleaning up these messes and I just wanted to make sure there was no danger to any other residents and we were assured there wasn't."

McCord says the Hannibal Housing Authority screens tenants to try and prevent things like this from happening, but, he's learned fighting meth isn't easy.

"Meth is all over Missouri and Hannibal has it's share of it," said McCord.

Hannibal Police say arrests are still pending in this case.

Officers also ask for your help in fighting meth.

If you notice strong chemical smells or think there may be a meth lab in your neighborhood, police say you should let them know immediately.

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