Police find meth lab on 5100 block of Abbott

Police discovered a meth lab April 11 in the basement of 5137 Abbott Ave. S.

Minneapolis police along with the U.S. Marshals North Star Fugitive Task Force entered the house to arrest Jeremy Daniel Gonser, age 37, of Coon Rapids. Police said Gonser had two felony warrants for 5th degree possession of drugs in Minneapolis and a gross misdemeanor warrant for theft in St. Anthony. 

“Inside the house, officers’ eyes began to itch and burn and a strong chemical odor was in the air,” said a statement from police. “It was suspected that a ‘lab’ was set up in the basement to manufacture methamphetamine.”

Police and fire HAZMAT units as well as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration responded to the scene, confirming the presence of a meth lab. Police said the chemical hazard is isolated to the house, and the public is not in any danger.

Gonser and another 27-year-old woman who had been arrested in Minneapolis five times in the past year were booked in jail for outstanding warrants. Other individuals found at the house were identified and released.

Gonser has prior convictions for theft, disorderly conduct and 5th degree possession of drugs, police said.

In an unrelated incident, police recently executed a search warrant at the 5800 block of Washburn, according to Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Waisanen. She said police recovered cash and a large amount of heroin during the search.