Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Before You Buy, Check for Meth

by Osman Parvez
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What would you do if you found out your home was once a Meth lab and never cleaned up? Some recent home buyers are facing that unsettling question.

From CBS4:
As part of a year-long investigation, CBS4 News has obtained, through open records requests, governmental lists of properties that contained methamphetamine labs that were never cleaned up.

CBS4 Investigator Rick Sallinger found people living in homes that may still be contaminated with meth. Governmental agencies failed to inform them, and unscrupulous homeowners sold the properties without warning the buyers.

There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of homes in Colorado that once housed meth labs.

The story goes on to profile several home owners who discovered their property's history after it was acquired. One family has even suffered serious health issues they believe are due to living in a property formerly used as a Meth lab.

In the article, CBS4 published a list of properties that may have been used as Meth labs. Here's Boulder County's list:

4919 Broadway #25, Boulder
Vance Brand Airport #18A, 229 Airport Road, Longmont
808 9th Ave., Longmont
550 N. 111th St., Apt. 3D, Lafayette
Hygiene Dairy, 7972, 7976, 79678 63rd Street, Longmont
Stone Mountain Lodge 18055 N. St. Vrain Drive, Units 6, 7, 12 & 15, Lyons
2211 Walnut Street, Apartment A, Boulder
546 Atwood, #1, Longmont
9164 Davidson Way, Lafayette
1321 Sumner Street, Longmont
1030 Merlin Drive, Lafayette
1424 Hover Street, Aptment #1, Longmont
1145 Grant Street, Longmont
916 Hover Ridge circle, Longmont
6559 North 55th Street, Boulder
Quality Inn & Suites, 960 W. Dillon road, room 234, Louisville
1819 Nelson Rd. Unit #433 Longmont
1606 cottonwood Drive, Storage locker unit #S-24, Louisville
Marriott Reisdence Inn, 845 Coal Creek Circle, room 127, Louisville
2264 Dexter Dr, Longmont
2484 yarmouth Street, Boulder
946 Pendleton Ave, Longmont
525 Cherrywood Longmont
1091 Sir Galahad Dr., Lafayette

To find out if your home or the property you are considering purchasing may have been used as a Meth lab, you should contact the local police department and the county health department. For real estate buyers, this is highly recommended as part of your due diligence.

For Boulder :
Boulder Police Department: 303-441-3333 (non emergency)
Boulder County Health Department: 303-441-1100

Here's more information on Meth from Boulder County's Health Department.

image: TJ Scenes


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