Drug lab found in Goodyear apartment; resident arrested

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by azfamily.com

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Posted on December 18, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 4:21 PM

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Authorities evacuated several people from a Goodyear apartment complex Wednesday night after responding to a hazmat situation.

Goodyear police received an anonymous tip Wednesday afternoon about an acidic chemical odor at the Desert Sage apartment complex near Interstate 10 and Dysart Road.

Officers responded to the apartment complex but called hazmat crews when the smell of the chemical made them feel nauseated. A state agency also responded.

"I smelled something like acetone," said Dan Wiggins, who was evacuated from his unit. "I didn't really think too much about it. [I thought] they were probably doing some painting or something like that."

Authorities found a flammable chemical substance in an apartment and began questioning a person.

Eight units were evacuated.

Goodyear police suspected illegal drug activity and requested assistance from the Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force.

Task force members confirmed this was a drug lab used to produce hallucinogenic drugs and arrested the resident of the apartment, Joshua Todd Miller, 21. Charges include dangerous drug possession, equipment for manufacturing and dangerous drug manufacture.  

"They were in the apartment right underneath mine so ... if something was to blow up, I'd be right above it," Wiggins said.

Evacuated residents were allowed to return to their apartments around 9:30 p.m.

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