A suspected meth lab found at a north Portland house is related to the suspected meth lab discovered in a van parked in a Raleigh Hills neighborhood, according to investigators.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office did not say how the two suspected labs were related, but said unspecified evidence found in the van Tuesday afternoon led them to the house on North Baldwin Street in Portland.
Portland police wore hazmat suits as they carried glassware, chemicals and a table from the home early Wednesday morning. According to the Washington County deputies, there was evidence the items were used to make meth inside the house.
Dan Miller, 54, was arrested on charges of unlawful possession and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance (meth) and attempt to commit manufacturing of a controlled substance.
He was renting a room at the house, according to the homeowner, an elderly woman who asked not to be identified. She is not facing charges.
The homeowner said she did not realize what was happening in Miller's room.
Neighbors say Miller took advantage of the woman and brought bad elements into the neighborhood.
"That's what really, initially kind of gave me my concern," said Jeremy Loberg. "I started seeing less of her and more of just cars parked out, people coming in, people coming out, people sitting there, people going."
Another neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said she noticed fumes coming from the house that made her suspect meth was being made.
"It smells like urine," the woman said. "I have knowledge that meth and other drugs smell like ammonia-like, urine-like."
Loberg said the people who live in the neighborhood are very close and criminal activity is not welcome in their area.
"So when people like that behave in that manner or at least they engage in that kind of behavior, we're just not down with it," he said.
Due to the hazardous chemicals found in the house, the homeowner is staying with friends until the house can be cleaned.
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