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Meth lab causes Iowa apartment building to be evacuated

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Police said they temporarily evacuated an apartment building located northwest of Iowa City after finding a meth lab inside one of the units.

North Liberty police officers discovered the lab on Thursday, August 8, 2013, just before 10 p.m. The discovery came after police saw a woman sitting in a parked car who had a warrant for revocation of pre-trial release. After arresting 35-year-old Janelle R. Davis, police searched the car she had been sitting in, according to a report by KCRG.

Inside the car police found items used to make and sell meth, and police found that the car belonged to 36-year-old Joshua E. York, according to the report. Officers obtained a search warrant for York’s apartment and investigators with the Johnson County Drug Task Force found a meth lab inside the unit.

Authorities evacuated the apartment building and evaluated whether or not there was a threat to others living there. According to KCRG, police confirmed the residents were allowed back inside once the lab was removed.

Police said York claimed he did not know meth was being manufactured in his apartment. He was arrested and was taken to the Johnson County Jail. Both Davis and York are facing charges related to meth manufacturing, said KCRG.

According to the report, Davis was showing signs of a medical issue while police had her in custody. She was taken to an area hospital and will be booked at the Johnson County Jail after she is released from the hospital.