Just beyond the gravestones at a St. Johnsbury cemetery -- drug investigators found all the makings of a hidden meth lab. Police say it was a discovery months in the making.
"It initially started as a tip that somebody provided to authorities that they were smelling strange substances," said Lt. Michael Henry, Vermont State Police.
Authorities say these woods are where Thaddeus Gordon and Shawn Greenwood were secretly cooking methamphetamine. According to court documents the two St. Johnsbury men -- and their unnamed associates -- would buy pseudoephedrine -- for the sole purpose of making meth. They're are now facing federal drug charges. The drug activity has local residents worried.
"My daughter and I went back there but you can't see much," said Denise May, who lives nearby.
May says she was surprised the alleged drug ring was hidden so close to her home, and she never spotted anything suspicious in the woods.
"You see evidence of kids smoking cigarettes or otherwise but nothing like this. Nothing like this at all," she said
It took crews close to four hours to clean-up the mobile lab. Hazmat teams carefully disposed of the chemical ingredients and sanitized the scene.
"The whole road was blocked off both ways and they just left at ten of four," explained May.
Police then moved to a new location, "Investigators went to a second location on Bagley Street," said Lt. Henry.
That's where police say Gordon and Greenwood live. The apartment building is less than a mile from the scene in the woods. The volatile chemicals used to make meth are explosive and can be deadly if inhaled -- so police evacuated the building until crews could confirm that none of the dangerous drugs were inside.
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