continued Law enforcement evacuated residents of the apartment and nearby homes due to the dangers posed by the meth-lab. Many chemicals used in meth labs are common in homes, but the poor handling and disposal of them, as well as mixing incompatible compounds, can create hazards.
Common household chemicals used in meth labs include flammable and volatile solvents such as methanol, ether, benzene, methylene chloride, trichloroethane and toluene.
The three men were stripped after their arrest and decontaminated behind a tarp near the building.
Also responding to the scene were personnel from the Plattsburgh City Fire Department and New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team. They decontaminated the apartment and collected evidence.
The investigation and gathering of evidence lasted through the night.