Crews from the Redmond Fire Department and Washington State Department of Ecology were called in to clean up a Redmond transient camp Monday morning after a state trooper suspected the site was a "potential meth lab," Trooper Julie Judson of the Washington State Patrol (WSP) told Redmond Patch.
Redmond Police spokesman Jim Bove said in an email to Redmond Patch that crews "removed hazardous material from the site such as used syringes, human waste and 'miscellaneous chemicals.'"
"They were unable to determine the source of the chemical odor, but it was not a meth lab," he wrote.
The incident began at around 11:30 a.m. when a transient man began yelling at a Washington State Department of Transportation worker who was removing unknown debris from an area near 148th Avenue Northeast and State Route 520, Judson said.
A trooper who responded ended up at a nearby transient camp and reported a "chemical concern" back to the WSP dispatch, which prompted a response from the fire department and department of ecology.
Judson said the investigation and cleanup took place in a wooded area away from the roadway and did not impact traffic.
From the Redmond Police Department:
Monday, Sept. 17
11:27 a.m., 2900 block of 148th Ave. NE: Redmond Police assisted Washington State Patrol with the investigation of a transient camp.
11:40 a.m., 15700 block of Redmond Way: Redmond Police arrested a 27-year-old Bothell man on suspicion of shoplifting at a local business.
6:53 p.m., 3900 block of W Lake Sammamish Parkway: Redmond Police responded to a report of malicious mischief.