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Details released about meth lab found atop College of Charleston building

Details released about meth lab found atop College of Charleston building
Posted December 17th, 2013 @ 5:56am by (WCBD, Lashawn Cabbagestalk, Veronica Macias, News 2 Staff, Dec 17 2013)

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CHARLESTON, SC - On November 27 Crews responded a hazmat situation at 55 George St. in downtown Charleston, after chemicals used to make meth were found on the roof of a College of Charleston residence hall.

Police found drain cleaner, a Coleman camper propane cylinder, assorted bottles and jars filled with an unknown substance, muriatic acid, salt dispensers and pseudoephedrine.  They also found syringes, a sleeping bag, guitar, guitar case and mail addressed to the suspect, Justin Allan Paulus.

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One day after locating the items on the rooftop at 55 George St. authorities observed the suspect, Justin Pauluas, standing on top of the roof.  Paulus was arrested for trespassing.  While searching Paulus officers found syringes, matches and a spoon with white residue that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

When asked what he was doing on the roof Paulus told authorities he was looking for his sleeping bag and guitar.

A hazmat team from Columbia and SLED officials cleaned up the area.  

 Most of the dorm rooms were empty due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The remaining students hanging around did not face any threat and were not evacuated.

 The George Street Apartments are an on-campus housing facility for upperclassmen at the College of Charleston.

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