Two men were arrested late Monday night after Arlington Police discovered evidence of a meth lab inside a Virginia Square apartment, officials say.
It was a long night for Shelby Kuchinkas, who went to her college orientation Tuesday morning on three hours of sleep.
Kuchinkas, a student at Trinity Washington University, had to evacuate her Arlington apartment because police found a suspected meth lab.
“I heard it was it was 325. I don’t know,” Kuchinkas said of the apartment rumored to be where police found “items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.” She lives on the same floor.
Arlington County Police Detective Chris Feltman said officers first responded to the building because of an argument. But when officers entered the apartment, items consistent with the production of methamphetamine were found in plain view.
After serving a search warrant, police arrested 44-year-old Leonard Fischer and 31-year-old William Hudgens.
“Obviously when there are chemicals involved, there is always an element of safety, so it is better to err on the side of caution,” Feltman said.
Residents on three floors were evacuated from the building for hours.
Hazmat crews spent all night in and out of the apartment.
“I dress up right away, and I just got out. I didn’t have the chance to bring anything else,” said Luz, a woman who lives in the building and didn’t share her last name.
She was sleeping when she said police officers showed up at her door.
She and her husband were told they couldn’t go back inside, so they rented a room at a nearby hotel.
Residents were allowed back inside around 5 a.m., Feltman said.
“To be honest with you, I am right now very scared. I am a little nervous,” Luz said, who adds she is thinking about possibly moving.
For her and Kuchinkas, it’s not so much about what police found, but where it happened.
“We never know who your neighbors [are]. We never know who lives next to you,” Luz said.
“Someone made a wrong choice and they’re paying for it now,” Kuchinkas added.