Meth lab materials found in Pawcatuck storage unit

PAWCATUCK, Conn. (WTNH)– In one of the smaller units at the storage facility in Pawcatuck police found the makings of a meth lab.

The owner of Wes Store Mini Storage says the unit had only been rented for about a month and he was surprised like many to find out what was being kept inside it.

“Nothing was cooked here,” says owner Richard Morrone. “It was parts of a lab were put into inventory.”

The storage facility on Elmata Avenue is on the border of Rhode Island and Morrone believes that is where the actual meth lab was located with only the materials hidden here in Stonington.

Police confirmed the person who rented the unit is currently incarcerated.

“They got a tip… that he stored the stuff here before he went to jail,” says Morrone.

Police shut down the storage facility for a few hours while they removed tools, equipment, and chemicals related to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

“Nobody got injured,” says Morrone. “Apparently some of this stuff was explosive.”

News8 asked Stonington police if this discovery was indicative of a growing methamphetamine problem in the area and we were told most arrests are for heroin not meth.

The storage facility like many across the country keeps a close eye on those who rent the units which are supposed to be free of illegal items.

“Ninety nine percent of all this stuff is legitimate people,” says Morrone. “Every once in a while there will be a guy that will sneak in.”

Police tell News8 arrests are pending.

The DEEP was also on scene last week making sure the unit police opened and all the surrounding units were safe.

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