Gerald Drive was temporarily shut down and an apartment building evacuated as a precaution Wednesday as Lexington police officers and firefighters investigated and cleaned up a methamphetamine lab.
Three people were arrested. Crystal Wyman, 28, and Nancy McCarty, 41, were both charged with possession of methamphetamine precursors, police said.
George Davis, 30, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance, first degree. Davis also had active probation violation warrants from Florida for the manufacturing of a dangerous substance.
Police got a report just after 8 a.m. of a strange odor coming from an apartment, Lt. Jonathan Bastian said.
Officers were able to talk to two people in the apartment and determined that there was evidence that they were manufacturing meth, Bastian said.
The two residents of the apartment were then decontaminated and the rest of the apartments in the building were evacuated, Bastian said.
“I think the evacuations were done just out of an abundance of caution,” Bastian said. The manufacturing of meth was generally fairly small-scale, he said, so the large-scale risks were low.
After a search of the apartment allowed by warrant, a special response team was expected to decontaminate the apartment and collect evidence, Bastian said.