Synthetic drug lab found in St. Paul

Nickalas Tabbert

 A synthetic drug lab in an apartment over an antiques store near downtown St. Paul was busted Thursday, authorities said.

Two people who live there were arrested and a 4-year-old girl was taken from what authorities say was a dangerous scene.  Seized at the home in the 100 block of Douglas Street S. were manufactured drugs, equipment and chemicals, the Star Tribune said.

Arrested were a 32-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, said John Kirkwood, chief deputy of the Ramsey County Violent Crime Enforcement Team.  They are being held in the Ramsey County jail pending charges.

"At this time, synthetic drug labs are not all that common in the state of Minnesota, and to the best of my knowledge, this is one of the first such labs that our task force has come across and suppressed in the area," Kirkwood said.

The synthetic drugs appear to have been made with household chemicals and prescription drugs that were obtained illegally, Kirkwood said.

"The manufacturing of sythetic drugs is very dangerous as many unstable chemicals are used," Kirkwood said.  "Drug labs like these put our community at risk."

The woman's daughter was taken to a hospital for medical attention and placed with protective services, the Tribune said.

The Ramsey County Violent Crime Enforcement Team is comprised of officers from St. Paul, Roseville, Maplewood and White Bear Lake police departments and deputies from the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.  It works in coordination with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Tribune said.