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Dumpsters Searched and Cleaned for Evidence in Parkwood Apartment Complex (Photo: WBOC) Dumpsters Searched and Cleaned for Evidence in Parkwood Apartment Complex (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- Substances suspected in the manufacture of methamphetamines were recovered by the DEA from the Parkwood Apartments on Beaglin Park Drive in Salisbury late Sunday night, according to Wicomico State's Attorney Matt Maciarello.

A still unidentified man, suffering from inhalation of noxious fumes, was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He is in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit and remains in serious condition.

EMS personnel contacted law enforcement, who then executed a search of the man's apartment and the dumpsters near the apartment complex.

Maciarello said DEA agents recovered substances suspected for manufacturing meth. Those chemicals will now be tested by chemists, which could take between a week and a month to yield results.

A Hazmat team was called in to help clear the scene.

"The potential for combustion is great with these types of highly combustible compounds," Maciarello said. "And in this residential setting, the potential for harm to others is also great."

No arrests have been made in the case, as the DEA awaits results of the chemicals seized.

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Original story, posted 9:30 p.m. April 22, 2013

SALISBURY, Md.- Two dumpsters at the Parkwood Apartments on Beaglin Park Drive in Salisbury were off-limits to residents Monday after chemicals believed to make methamphetamine were found dumped in them.  

Workers from Weavertown Environmental Group Cleared out the dumpsters, collecting samples that will be tested.  The investigation is being handled by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force.  

"They are going to search that dumpster and make sure that nothing noxious, nothing volatile, nothing harmful to the public and our citizens is placed in that dumpster, " said Wicomico County State's Attorney Matt Maciarello.

People living in the complex were worried and scared.  

"It just makes me wonder what else might be going on in my neighborhood.  I'm not sure if I should feel safe because I walk around with my dog here every day," said Michele Sielo.

Investigators believe that this could actually be a small-scale meth lab that used a "shake and bake" method, involving a plastic jug to mix chemicals.  These chemicals can be bought at any hardware store and are highly explosive.  The situation has some residents considering relocating.  

"I will talk to my lawyer about my options to breaking my lease and to move out from this complex to somewhere else.  Because I've got an 8-month pregnant wife at home and that's more dangerous, " said Mitch Caliser.

The safety is still under investigation and no arrests have been made.

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