Amherst responds to suspected illicit drug lab

Drug lab

HMN-Amherst responders happened upon what they believe to be an illicit drug lab, after going to check on a mother and her son. (Mass Live)

Update: Amherst Police Lt. William Menard said the incident began with police going to the residence to check on a mother and her young child. “At the scene officers observed evidence of what appeared to be potentially hazardous materials related to illicit drug activity inside the apartment,” Menard said.

Law enforcement officials — including members of the DEA New England Field Division’s Clandestine Laboratory Team — executed a search warrant at the apartment around 12:19 a.m. Menard did not say whether police made any arrests.


AMHERST — Emergency responders, including members of a regional hazmat team, were summoned to an apartment complex on Belchertown Road, Tuesday night.

Fire Chief Tim Nelson told WWLP that police summoned firefighters to 81 Belchertown Road around 7:30 p.m. for assistance with what he described as a potential hazmat situation. He stressed the incident posed no threat to the public and that no injuries were reported.

The fire chief, who could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday morning, did not elaborate on the nature of the incident Tuesday night.

Western Mass News reported the scene, which was at Windham House Apartments, part of the Colonial Village Apartment complex, has since been cleared.

Western Mass News is television partner to The Republican and MassLive.com.

This is a developing story. Additional information will be posted as soon as it is available.

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