VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A man was arrested after police found a meth lab in his backyard in Virginia Beach Friday morning.
Tonya Borman with the Virginia Beach Police Department said officers were called to the 1300 block of Old Clubhouse Road around 3:30 a.m. by a neighbor reporting suspicious activity. When officers arrived in the Cardinal Estates neighborhood, they found what they believed was evidence of a meth lab.
"From what I understand, they were called out here for loud noise, a party at that residence and a cop smelled meth," said woman who lives on the same street.
Virginia Beach Police then called HAZMAT crews with the Virginia Beach Fire Department and agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to the scene to aid in the investigation.
WAVY News crews on scene reported around 7:30 a.m. crews were suiting up to go inside the suspected lab, which was a brown shed in a backyard.
Police arrested 34-year-old Jeffrey Todd Doerson, who lived on the property where the lab was found. He was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and is being held without bond at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center.
Dayna Vestal is a very concerned neighbor of Doerson.
"I come right past here everyday to leave out and its just scary, really sad," Vestal told WAVY.com. " There's kids that play across the street all the time and if anything went wrong with them making that stuff and it blew, you take innocent lives along with your own over a drug. It's just not worth it to me."
When crews rendered the lab as safe, it was broken down and all chemicals, byproducts and paraphernalia was removed, according to Borman.
"It's bad for the neighborhood, but it's really not surprising," said neighbor Ron Bryan. "I see a lot of things going on in this neighborhood, it's not legal, but the police don't have the resources to take care of all of it so it's just part of life out here."
Stay with WAVY.com for more information as it becomes available.
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