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MARION (KWWL) -

Neighbors are reacting tonight after a meth lab is busted in an apartment complex
The bust happened at 210 Ridge Drive in Marion.
 Police discovered the lab while responding to calls of a domestic disturbance in unit 9 of the Wedgewood Apartments

  Austin Gee, 31, is charged with possession and charges are pending for making the drug.
    
KWWL's Jessica Hartman has been talking with neighbors who say they are concerned for their safety.

"I am just like. . .I don't know. I've never been the neighbor to a meth lab before," said Winston Ramsdale.
    Since the bust Winston Ramsdale and his girlfriend have been left with lots of questions and few answers.
"I'm terrified."
   They have called the apartment's management company 
Ramsdale: "I'm just more concerned about are you guys coming out to test my walls since I shared a wall with Austin?"
Kelley Management: "The city takes care of all that."
Ramsdale: "See when I called the police department. They told me that the landlord is responsible."

According to police, landlords are required to test the contaminated apartment for residual chemical levels. 
 If positive, units sharing walls, including Ramsdale's, must also be tested.
KWWL's Jessica Hartman called the leasing office to ask if they had hired a company to do the  the testing.


Hartman "In order for them to take off."
KM: "Any other information, you can call Marion Police Department. We are not going to keep talking to you. Sorry. Anything else you want talk to the Marion Police"
Hartman "Ok are you going to speak wiht your. . ."

KM: "Ok Thank you."

Still no answers. 
Residents' only option.
"If we don't feel safe or comfortable in anyway, shape of form, their not going to hold us to our lease and we can move out right away. Sounds great if I had the money to move," said Ramsdale.
 
Ramsdale was later informed by Kelley Management they would be testing his apartment Tuesday morning.

The Marion Police Department says they are currently working on getting a deadline for the testing added to the city ordinance

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