City condemns meth lab house at 52nd & Abbott

The Police Department fielded a half dozen phone calls this week from people that want to buy and bulldoze a house at 5137 Abbott Ave. S. used for a meth lab.

The current owner plans to sell the house, said Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Waisanen.

City staff said the house was condemned due to health and safety hazards. A licensed haz-mat company must now test and clear the house of any meth chemical contamination, staff said.

No one has been charged in connection with the meth lab operation, and the investigation is ongoing, Waisanen said. She said the owner was living at the house at the time of the April police raid, and others arrested at the home on outstanding warrants appear to be friends of hers. Neighbors had seen the arrested individuals come and go, she said.

Police came upon the meth lab by chance. Police searched the house while pursuing a suspect with a felony drug warrant.

A couple of weeks before the raid, neighbors had called police to complain of issues like excessive garbage and dog barking.

“It wasn’t like this was a problem address that some deal with for years,” Waisanen said. “When in doubt, call for anything suspicious.”

Anyone with unanswered questions about the incident can attend Fulton’s Safety Committee meeting on May 27 at 7 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave. S.