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Meth lab busted in St. Albans City

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Neighbors say North Elm Street in St. Albans is usually quiet, but Thursday it was bustling with police activity.

"For the most part there's really not a lot of trouble in this area, it's a pretty decent area so it is kind of shocking to see this," said Shellie Partlow, who has lived on the street for 22 years.

Dozens of state, local and federal authorities executed a search warrant at 69 North Elm Street.

"We found what we believe are remnants of a methamphetamine lab," said Lt. Dan Troidl of Vermont State Police.

Reporter Deanna LeBlanc: Like what?

Troidl: I can't really get into that right now, I'm sorry.

Police say the people renting the house at 69 North Elm Street have only lived there a few weeks, but police have already responded to the home several times. Most recently earlier this week for an assault with a baseball bat.

While the DEA and Vermont State Police collected evidence inside the home, neighbors outside said the news came as a shock.

"I think it's great that they responded like this. I mean, what if it was worse? It could have been much worse," Partlow said.

Police say they had concerns the lab could be explosive, but eventually deemed it safe.

"Meth is just a really dirty drug to have in your community and it compromises the safety of everybody," explained Chief Gary Taylor of the St. Albans Police Department.

It's not just St. Albans. Taylor said meth making is a growing problem statewide.

"What's happened is the people who are engaged in this activity now figured out how to streamline it. It's not a laboratory full of beakers and hoses anymore. The one pot method-- you can make it in a backpack. They're carrying it around in a backpack," said Taylor.

Taylor also said keeping up with Vermont's drug trafficking requires statewide collaboration.

"We're all struggling with this. There's an increase in heroin on the streets. We're seeing bath salts regularly. We have a narcotic pill problem we've been struggling with for years," Taylor explained.

Police say no one was home during the raid. No arrests have been made, but police say the investigation is not over. The Franklin County State's Attorney will be prosecuting the case.

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