A drug lab was discovered today on Lanewood Drive in Greenville, SC. Lanewood Dr is between Forrester Dr, Woodruff Road and Miller Rd in Greenville. This drug lab is completely shocking because of the area that it was found in – a nice, middle class neighborhood in a good area of Greenville, SC.
Specific details about this case are not entirely known and GVLSC.com is the first in Greenville to break this story. Why and how are we the first to talk about the drug lab in Greenville? It’s because I live on the road across the park from Lanewood Drive in the Forrester Woods subdivision! I was sitting here playing with my son this morning when I see what looked to be a fire truck cutting a doughnut in the field at the park. Obviously, this was an abnormal sight especially in this neighborhood, so I went to investigate some more.
I was not able to get the exact details on what is going on, but I have a fairly clear picture on the general nature. A father and a son live in a house on Lanewood Dr. I had previously thought this house was abandoned because of the poor condition it was in. I had also never seen a car there and there was a horrible looking dog that came to the park one day and went back to the porch of this house. I felt bad for the dog because I thought the owners had left him there. I gave it some food but it didn’t want to come too close to me, so I left it alone.
Apparently, the son works somewhere nearby and hadn’t shown up for work for the last few days. His job sent someone out to check on him and discovered the back door to the house standing open. They called the police and the police discovered the drug lab when they went to check it out. I do not think this is a meth lab that was in this house. I heard some kind of abbreviated term that was being talked about.
The bottom line is that there was a drug lab in this neighborhood approximately 100 yards from a public park that kids play at daily (mine included)! Police officers would not let anyone come near the residence where the drug lab was located. One man went out to the store this morning and returned to his house shortly after only to be denied entry. He’s still sitting up at the parking waiting for them to finish their work so he can return home. His wife calls him on his cell phone to give him updates.
It does seem odd that everyone leaving near this house is being kept in their homes and yet nobody can return to their home if they are already out. This couple only lives two houses away from the house with the drug lab. Another guy returns home early from work for the first Friday in a year only to be kept from going home by the police. He was told he could not return to his house because of the possibility of dangerous chemical contamination – the police officer was even overheard saying “that’s bad stuff in there”.
Half of Lanewood Dr has been blocked off for most of the day by an army of government workers, ambulances, EMTs, police cars and officers, Emergency Response Teams and their huge vehicles, and countless 3rd party contractors and unmarked trucks and cars. All together, I estimate at least 50 people were responding to this drug lab incident. Some people were rushing around appearing to be doing something while others crowded together in huge groups to have discussions. As time passed, men began to break out HAZMAT suits in white and yellow and started suiting up. They then headed towards the house and talk began about a possible evacuation of the surrounding homes when the chemicals would be removed.
It blows my mind to consider what could have happened with this drug lab being so close to a public park that kids play at and even somewhat close to my own home. If that house had exploded or something terrible, there would likely be debris in my yard and I don’t even want to think about what could have happened to that houses’ neighbors or people at the park.
Even more staggering is the taxpayer cost for the Greenville city and county emergency workers to come out and clean up this drug lab. Just the vehicle operation and man hours alone likely topped a couple thousand dollars an hour. I am thankful that it was discovered and that it is being cleaned up though. I never, in a million years, would have suspected that a dangerous and hazardous chemical drug lab could be hiding in a house in my very own neighborhood though. It just goes to show you that you can never be too careful.