Mullinix reviewed the home with Milton emergency personnel after the raid.
In addition to the drugs allegedly found at the Milton home, a second bust in the 4300 block of Hearn Road in DeKalb County netted about 120 pounds of meth. Several people were arrested. Cops said the 420 pounds amounts to $1.7 million in street value, according to previous reporting.
The chemicals that convert liquid meth into crystal meth can be extremely volatile if handled incorrectly and have been known to cause explosions.
A 2004 study from the Department of Justice said the average meth lab creates five to seven pounds of toxic waste for every pound of meth produced, some of which can soak into soil and the water system. The study said some of the dangerous chemicals that can be used in meth production include hydriodic acid, Freon, acetone and lithium metal.
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“This building is unsafe to occupy,” Mullinix said of the Milton home. “There are known conditions on the property which must be analyzed and, based upon that analysis, the city will issue permits for the abatement.”
The city said the homeowner has 30 days to give Milton an environmental assessment of the home and property.
Within one day of a formal notice, the owner reported he was working with a contractor who has experience gauging the safety of former meth lab sites, according to Mullinix.
“It is expected he will continue to work closely with the city and will provide the required comprehensive analysis of damages and environmental impact,” Mullinix said.
The status of those arrested was not immediately available Wednesday.
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The DEA confirmed that agents confiscated 300 pounds of meth at a bust in Milton. A witness told Petchenik they saw massive police presence and "environmental cleanup" crew on the property.