BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A toxic nightmare for a Baton Rouge home owner could soon be coming to an end. After living in the house for three years, Charmel Brown and her family discovered their rental house was once home to a meth lab.
Crews began the process of removing all traces of meth on Thursday to get the home's red flag removed from the state list.
The owner of the home also had no idea the house was once a meth lab.
The history of the home was revealed when a neighbor brought it up in conversation to the renters. In her real estate class, Charmel says they were discussing disclosure laws and decided to ask her landlord if the house she was renting was ever a meth lab.
"I immediately Googled it and found that indeed it had been a meth lab prior to me purchasing it," said Adam Albarado, the owner of the house.
Ablarado said when he bought the house in 2011 it was in foreclosure. He said the transaction showed no red flags.
Three years later, the house is listed as a meth lab on the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) website. The houses on the list are not removed until they are professionally cleaned.
The agency that makes the meth bust is responsible for reporting the address to the DEQ. The bust at the house happened on July 13, 2009.
According to DEQ records, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office did not notify the state until April 9, 2012, nearly three years later.
Louisiana has a law that states the seller must disclose to a purchaser that a house was once a meth lab. However, there is no penalty for not doing it.
Albarado said had the sheriff office reported the incident to the state sooner it may have prevented a lot of headaches.
Albarado had hazardous chemical testers, Xtreme Cleaners, examine the house. On Saturday, he learned the results were positive. Traces of meth were still in the home.
Albarado is left with a house with no tenants and must pay $7,000 to get the house remediated. Even if the house is cleaned, the Browns will not be moving back in.
"The next step is to talk to the sheriff's office and DEQ to see if any of them will accept responsibility for this," Albarado said.
The sheriff's office said the deputy who responded to the meth lab on Colonel Allen Court was working as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration task force, and therefore filed the paperwork with DEA.