Police discover meth lab while responding to overdose call

Attleboro police officers block Knight Street, where officers responding to an overdose found a meth lab in a building. (Tyler Unwin/WPRI)

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) – Police officers responding to a reported overdose in Attleboro found a meth lab in the victim’s home.

Police told Eyewitness News that the overdose call led them to a house on Knight Avenue Sunday afternoon. They found the victim inside but also discovered what officers believed to be a methamphetamine lab.

In a statement to Eyewitness News, police said the responding officer observed several chemicals, containers and paraphernalia which were consistent with the manufacture of crystal meth.

“At the same time, it was confirmed there were other products necessary and if you will, the meth lab was being cooked as they say in that business,” Chief Kyle Heagney of the Attleboro Police Department said.

Police and firefighters evacuated two neighboring homes as a precaution and alerted the DEA and bomb squad. A specially trained hazmat team also responded to the scene, according to police.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we evacuated the immediate area,” Heagney added. “The residents to the left and to the right of the home were evacuated.”

Police said a section of Knight Avenue from South Main Street to Church Street was temporarily shut down as well.

The resident was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, detectives obtained a warrant to search the home and police said evidence inside indicated that meth was made inside the home.

The resident, identified as Robert Acheson, was arrested and is charged with manufacturing crystal methamphetamine, according to police.

Acheson, 52, is scheduled to be arraigned in Attleboro District Court Monday.

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