Police are on the lookout for a city man after the discovery of a methamphetamine lab Thursday.
A felony warrant has been obtained for 38-year-old Phillip Reichardt after an investigation at 19 Crossman St. by Jamestown Police and New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team members throughout the day Thursday turned up what appeared to be a working meth lab.
"This was a vacant house that we believe Reichardt or someone he knew was in the process of moving into," said JPD Captain Bob Samuelson. "Fortunately we don't see a lot of this in our area. This is probably the third one in the last 1 to 2 years. There is more of it in northwest Pennsylvania and to the east of us in New York.
An officer is pictured examining contents pulled from a 19 Crossman St. home where a working meth lab was located Thursday.
P-J photo by Matt Spielman
Emergency personnel exercise extreme caution when dealing with a possible meth lab because of the dangerous nature of the chemicals involved.
"The vapors can be extremely harmful to people when inhaled," Samuelson said. "Sometimes the chemicals can explode causing a fire which can be very dangerous to people in the building in addition to people in adjacent buildings."
Reichardt's warrant is for third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. Police believe he is still in the Jamestown area and the investigation is ongoing.
"The issue with methamphetamine is that it is the highly addictive nature of the drug," Samuelson said. "The drug is very hard on people and the process is a lot of work for just a little bit of the drug."
Although the street value gram-to-gram of methamphetamine is less than cocaine and other narcotics, Samuelson said it is not to be taken lightly.
"It really depends on the quality and how it's made, but meth is very dangerous and made with stuff that you don't want to put in your body," Samuelson said.
Samuelson asks other area residents to be on the lookout for dwellings containing possible meth labs. All calls will be kept confidential.
"Report it if you think you may be living next to somebody," Samuelson said. "Some signs are propane tanks, butane torches, empty cold pill containers and coffee filters with red stains."
Anyone who may have information on Reichardt's whereabouts is asked to contact the JPD at 483-7537 or leave an anonymous tip at 483-8477.