One person has been charged after a drug lab was found at a Blacksburg apartment complex on Friday.

Jerelle Downning, 23, is charged with possession with the intent to distribute a schedule one drug, and conspiracy to make a schedule one drug. Downning lives in Blacksburg.

The lab was set up to make dimethyltryptamine, which is a hallucinogenic drug, according to the Blacksburg Police Department.


Original story from Friday, May 2

20 to 30 residents of University Terrace Apartments have been evacuated as part of a possible drug lab investigation in Blacksburg.

A drug task force has been investigating the possibility of a drug lab in one of the units.

At this point, no one has been arrested. Some people are being questioned.

Nathan O'Dell of Blacksburg Police Department tells us that some of the residents likely did not know what may have been going on in the lab.

Residents may not be allowed back in for several hours.

Multiple police, hazardous materials and fire agencies are on the scene.

We have a WDBJ7 crew on the scene and are working to get more details about the incident.

Check back soon for updates.

Here is the news release from the Blacksburg Police Department:

On this date, at approximately 5:05pm, Blacksburg Police, assisted by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia Tech PD, executed a search warrant at the 1203 building of University Terrace located on Progress Street for the New River Regional Drug Task Force (NRRDTF). The search warrant was a result of a drug investigation conducted by the NRRDTF in reference to manufacturing of an illicit drug.

A drug lab was encountered and for safety precautions, the entire building was evacuated. A Hazardous Materials (Haz-Mat) team was on hand as well as Blacksburg Fire and Rescue. Police, Fire, Haz-Mat, and Rescue are still on scene and removal of the lab is on-going. The process is expected to take several hours.

No residents of the building have reported any symptoms or injuries.

PHOTOS: Police presence at University Terrace Apartments

POSTED: 05:55 PM EDT May 02, 2014    UPDATED: 06:16 PM EDT May 02, 2014 

A heavy police presence was seen at University Terrace apartments in Blacksburg Friday afternoon.

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