Families Return Home After Drug Lab Discovered

Derek Russell will be arraigned in Manchester, NH, on May 19

Nine families were out on the street for most of the day after police found a drug lab inside their New Hampshire apartment building.

Officers responded to 336 Lake Ave. in Manchester Monday morning for an unknown medical issue. Upon arrival, they spoke with medical personnel about apartment number six and some suspicious objects found within that apartment.

The officers found several glass jars containing an unknown brown substance with a strong odor. Residents were evacuated from the building.

Prior to the evacuation, police spoke with Derek Russell, 30, while standing inside apartment six. A woman was also present with three young children. Russell allegedly spent the night in the apartment, but is not a resident of the building.

Russell was charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and manufacturing a controlled drug.

Authorities determined the product in the glass jars to be DHT, Dimethyltryptamine, a psychedelic hallucinogen that can cause blackouts.

Russell will be arraigned Tuesday.

All residents were allowed to re-enter the building around 3:00 p.m.

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