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June 27, 2013

Police: Rowley drug lab was making ketamine

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ABZ Self Storage opened in 2007. The complex has dozens of self-storage bays located within metal buildings, each unit with its own metal 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.

Throughout much of Monday afternoon, emergency response trucks from the state Department of Fire Services Special Operations and multiple bomb squad vehicles from across the region converged upon the site as officials prepared for the possibility that explosives were also present. No bombs were found. Traffic in both directions was halted on several occasion by a Rowley police officer armed, at one point, with an assault rifle.

By yesterday morning there was little evidence that the storage rental facility had been the epicenter of a massive law enforcement operation. A manager was seen vacuuming the office floor and the unit in question was devoid of police tape or any visible sign that it had been searched.

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