LEXINGTON, Ky (WKYT) - Calling it a first of its kind for them, Lexington Police discovered a drug manufacturing operation on Tulane Drive Wednesday afternoon.
Police tell WKYT they were called out when a maintenance man thought he found a meth lab but it turned out to be someone creating a substance known as DMT or dimethyltryptamine.
Investigators say the hallucinogenic drug is similar to bath salts and just as illegal.
"The process is very similar to the cooking that you'd use for methamphetamine," said Lt. Scott Blakely with Lexington Police
Blakely says that cooking process can be just as dangerous as the one used to make meth.
"Anytime you add chemical compounds to a container and then put that container under pressure you have the potential for an explosion," he said.
Police arrested 22-year-old Johnathan Grant, 20-year-old Shaun Ebner, and 18-year-old John Long.
They say the three lived in the home next to the vacant property where the DMT lab was found. Police also say they uncovered marijuana growing inside the home the three men live in.
All three are now charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and cultivating marijuana.