Police: Suspect in Hayden meth lab will be found
February 4, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Local law enforcement officials are still searching for the man who was renting a Hayden home that police say housed a methamphetamine lab.
Citing the ongoing investigation, All Crimes Enforcement Team Cmdr. Marvin Cameron refused again Thursday to release the name of the suspect. He said police agencies have been told to be on the lookout for the unidentified man.
Cameron said he is confident the suspect will be caught.
"It may be days, weeks or months," Cameron said. "He will get caught. He'll do something stupid."
The suspect was not at home when ACET, aided by several other agencies, raided the home at 340 E. Jefferson Ave. on Saturday morning. Even though the suspect may now know he is being hunted by police, Cameron said they preferred him not being home when they entered the house.
"It was safer for everyone involved," he said. "We don't know for sure whether he's armed or not armed."
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Extra caution needs to be taken when raiding and processing a suspected methamphetamine lab, he said.
"It's probably one of the most dangerous things a police officer can do," Cameron said.
Cameron has refused to detail what officers found in the house.
"We did find items in the residence that we think were used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine," he said.
Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins has said a "death bag" — a garbage bag used to trap toxic gases produced while making meth — was taken from the home along with chemicals and flammable materials.
Wiggins said the suspect is a previous offender who has been arrested before on suspicion of meth-related charges.
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