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Rosemont house not a meth lab say Nelson police

Nelson police have told the public that the Rosemont house where Andrew Meisner died last week did not contain a meth lab. - Bob Hall photo
Nelson police have told the public that the Rosemont house where Andrew Meisner died last week did not contain a meth lab.
— image credit: Bob Hall photo

The Nelson Police Department confirms the “clandestine lab” found in a Rosemont house was not producing methamphetamine despite rumours circling the community to the contrary.

Andrew Meisner was found dead last week in a home located on the corner of Robertson and West Innes Streets. Police responded to the call on February 1 at 8:30 p.m. along with paramedics and initial observation gave reason to believe a suspected drug lab was present.

Foul play has been ruled out, with Meisner’s death not being homicide or suicide, says a press released issued by police yesterday. Police also confirm the lab or products of the lab were not the cause of death. The BC Coroner’s Service is investigating with further tests needed before an exact cause of death can be determined.

Inspector Paul Burkart explained chemicals seized from the residence are being tested to positively identify what was being made in the basement lab. Of concern were solvents found in the home.

“Solvents used in the manufacture of many illegal or restricted products such as methamphetamines, can be toxic and are often very explosive,” said Burkart in the release.

In this case, the products being made didn’t use large quantities of solvents so there was no risk to surrounding residences. Neighbours initially evacuated were allowed to return to their homes.

“Once clandestine lab investigators were able to attend inside the residence and inspect the lab more closely and test the air quality in the residence to ensure it was safe, members of the investigative team including BC Coroners Service, Nelson Police Department and RCMP Crime Scenes, were allowed in the residence to investigate the death of Mr. Meisner,” said Burkart.

A Facebook page has been started in memory of 33-year-old Meisner. Called Andrew Meisner Forever, friends and family are remembering the local man with photos and messages posted. The page can be found at



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