St. Paul raid reveals Minnesota's first known "party drug" lab

Categories: Crime, Drugs
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Meyer and his accomplice allegedly used their apartment to dismantle prescription drugs and recalibrate them in stronger forms.
Yesterday, police raided a second-floor West Seventh Street apartment in St. Paul and found a unique drug-manufacturing operation.

The 101 Douglas St. unit contained chemicals shipped from China, grain alcohol and ether, and an array of tranquilizers and depressants.

According to the Pioneer Press, two residents of the apartment -- Timothy Lee Meyer, 32, and Amanda Lee Vickaryous, 23 -- were arrested at the scene and booked into jail on suspicion of possession of controlled substances, with other charges likely to follow. A 4-year-old girl related to one of the suspects who also lived at the apartment was placed in protective services.

Officials said the apartment was being used to transform prescription drugs into "super-drugs" by breaking them down, removing time-release buffers, and combining them with other drugs.

Said Ramsey County Sheriff's spokesman Randy Gustafson:
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Said police, of Vickaryous and Meyer's operation: "It wasn't like your dirty meth-lab operation."
They take like a regular prescription drug and then take away the buffering agents or the starches and things that make it so they're not quite so potent. They'll pull those compounds out and leave only the drug behind. And then they'll add another compound or two and then make a super hallucinogenic or a super depressant or something like that out of it.
Gustafson added that the operation appeared much more sophisticated than a typical meth lab. He said it's definitely the first operation of its sort found in Ramsey County, "and possibly the first in Minnesota dealing with this type of synthetic party drug."

Charges against Meyer and Vickaryous have yet to be filed.

See also:
--House approves synthetic drug crackdown amid concern about prison overcrowding

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