Police: 'Fully functioning' meth lab caused hazmat situation; 1 arrested

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The hazmat situation that closed down a street in Long Beach last week stemmed from a "fully functioning methamphetamine manufacturing laboratory," according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Police arrested Jovin Weinstock, 40, on a reckless endangerment charge. He is a licensed clinical laboratory technologist.

On May 10, police responded to 324 West Beech St. for a report of an unconscious man in the yard. According to police, Weinstock was transported to South Nassau Communities Hospital.

Officers then found the laboratory in a detached garage, with an active heat source and a chemical process occurring.

Over the course of several hours, police say they dismantled the lab and removed the chemicals and equipment.

"It was an extremely dangerous and volatile situation," says Long Beach Police Commissioner in prepared remarks. "Our officers and firefighters followed their training to the letter and made the area as safe as possible while awaiting specialized units."

MORE: Police: Active chemical lab discovered in Long Beach garage 

 

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