Meth lab leads to evacuations in Lexington neighborhood

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Several mobile homes in Lexington were evacuated after police discovered a meth lab inside a vacant home.

Someone living in the Fairlawn Mobile Home Park on Eastland Drive called police after spotting two men going inside a vacant unit. When police arrived, the men took off. One of those men is in custody. Police are still looking for the other one.

The mobile home park manager looked at video from surveillance cameras located throughout the park. In it, the manager, Jerome Crowe, saw two men walking in and around the vacant trailer around 2:16 Thursday morning. Emergency personnel believe the men were inside using meth-making materials.

Emergency crews set up a haz-mat tent, just in case any of the firefighters or police officers are exposed to the hazardous materials still inside the home.

Lexington Police's Clandestine Laboratory Investigation Team entered the vacant home and removed what a police representative said was a one-step meth lab.

25-year-old Jacob Taulbee was arrested on scene and taken to the hospital to be checked out.
He is being held in the Fayette County Detention Center.

The park manager says the trailer will likely cost thousands to replace.

"In all probability it'll be a total loss. It'll probably take more to clean it up than the trailer is worth. They would give me a list of companies that do that and I'd have to get estimates to do it," said Crowe.

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