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Police bust Gresham meth lab July 25

One suspect treated after getting chemicals in his eyes
by: Contributed photo Lance Mitchell Gerber

Just before midnight Monday, July 25, police discovered a methamphetamine lab in a Gresham apartment.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit served a search warrant at the apartment at 17257 E. Burnside St. with help from Gresham police.

When detectives entered the apartment, they immediately saw a gun lying in plain view and discovered that the unit was being used as an active drug lab to manufacture methamphetamine, said Lt. Steve Alexander, sheriff's office spokesman.

Meanwhile, as police entered the unit, one man - later identified as Lance Mitchell Gerber, 53, of Gresham - reportedly accidentally splashed chemicals into his eyes. Deputies immediately treated him with emergency eyewash.

Detectives took seven people from the apartment into police custody. Because the apartment housed a drug lab, all seven people had to be decontaminated by HazMat Team 3, including Gresham firefighters, police and sheriff's deputies.

After being decontaminated at the scene, Gerber was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and then booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center on allegations of manufacturing, delivery and possession of methamphetamine, heroin possession and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is being held on $130,000 bail.

Police also arrested two people from the apartments on warrants: Keechan Brown, 25, of Southeast Portland for violating his parole by possessing a weapon; and Jesse Allen Flurry, 25, of Southeast Portland on a warrant for drug offenses.