Suspected Carbondale meth lab shut down
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Chad Boulter, 26, following the discovery of a suspected meth lab at his residence in Carbondale on Thursday.
He faces potential charges of possession of chemicals or supplies to manufacture methamphetamine, a class three felony, and attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, a class four felony.
Police received a welfare check for Boulter and contacted him at the apartment he rents on the 400 block of Garfield Avenue. Officers recognized an odor consistent with methamphetamine production and received permission to search the property.
The scene was secured, and Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team was able to neutralize the alleged lab materials, which were confiscated and sent to a laboratory to determine if they were being used to manufacture drugs. The town has ordered the apartment vacated and sealed until potential health concerns can be mitigated, although no residents reported medical issues.
Police Chief Gene Schilling said he thought it was the first such case in Carbondale. He described the operation as a comparatively small one, potentially just intended to supply a few friends. He didn’t think neighbors should be worried about their health.
“Usually with methamphetamine, it’s basically just a health hazard to the people in the unit where they’re being made,” he explained.
The main concern is the cleanup.
“It kind of seeps into the walls,” Schilling said.
The property owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said he is already researching decontamination options.
“I can’t inhabit the place or re-rent it to anybody until I get it tested and see what sort of cleanup needs to be done,” he said. “I usually worry about cigarette smoke. This exceeds that.”
Although he lives in the other part of the unit, he said the bust came as a total surprise.
“The apartment is totally separate from the rest of the house,” he said. “I’ve never smelled anything on my side of the house which would raise any suspicion.”
He knew Boulter had been through drug treatment when he rented the apartment, but it seemed like he was back on track.
“He had a really solid support team around him and he was getting his life turned around,” he said.
If the public has information about the illegal sale of drugs, they are urged to contact their local law enforcement or Garfield County Crime Stoppers at 970-945-0101.
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