By Brandi Makuski
Police say a suspected meth lab in Plover was not an active manufacturing site.
Crews responded in force on Wednesday to a home on the 1800 block of Tamarack St. after a caller notified Plover police of possible drug paraphernalia in the home.
Police were able to identify the equipment as being related to the production of methamphetamine — which is produced by cooking a mixture of household ingredients and flammable chemicals — and quickly contacted the fire department.
“Officers are trained to back out of the house when they’ve identified items that could be related to the manufacture of certain drugs, to include meth,” said Police Chief Dan Ault.
Ault said the first officer responded to the home at about 6 PM on Wednesday, and called in the Plover Fire Dept. a few minutes later, which Ault said was standard operating procedure. Ault also requested assistance from the Wis. Department of Criminal Investigation and several local narcotics officers.
Portage Co. Emergency Management was also called to the scene. In turn, Director Joe Brandt called a HAZMAT team from Wauapca County.
“What you’re seeing is an overabundance of caution,” Brandt said in describing the scene Wednesday night.
Ault said the person who was inside the house when police first arrived was treated in a decontamination shower as a precaution, and did not require further medical attention. No one was taken into custody for the incident, he added.
“The response was generating more attention than the situation probably warranted,” he said. “If it looks like a possible meth lab, you don’t want to take any chances. But calling the HAZMAT team…that wasn’t my call, that wasn’t our decision.”
Ault said police plan to interview previous residents of the home, and the investigation is ongoing.