NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

June 25, 2013

Update: Possible illegal drug lab found in Rowley


Staff Writer

---- — ROWLEY -- Police have descended on a storage business today after discovering a possible illegal drug manufacturing lab.

Chemicals and a lab were discovered in a storage unit at ABZ Self Storage on Route 133, close to the Interstate 95 intersection. Police brought in a bomb squad as well as firefighters and a hazardous materials response team. Several local police departments, as well as the state police, were on the scene.

John Dupray of the Rowley Fire Department said that an investigation began yesterday, when police were informed that possible drug activity was going on in the sorage unit. Police closed in on the unit around 11 a.m. this morning.

Dupray said that inside, police discovered what is being called an "unspecified drug conversion lab." A hazardous materialsteam found scattered drug products on the floor, and two cylinders filled with an unknown substance. Those cylinders are being transported to a lab for analysis.

The bomb squad was called in due to the potential danger of the unknown chemicals.

"They didn't know what was behind the door," said Dupray. No bombs were found.

Police would not discuss what they had discovered in the building. At the scene, firefighters were overheard saying that it was a methamphetamine lab. "Meth," as it is called, is a highly addictive illegal drug.

ABZ Self Storage opened in 2007. The complex has dozens of self-storage bays located within metal buildings, each unit with its ownmetal door. According to the company website, the entire complex is surrounded by a high metal fence, topped by barbed wire, and cameras record the comings and goings 24 hours a day.  

The Daily News will add to this report as information become available.