SUMMIT — A report of trespassing into an abandoned Pabst
Road building yielded an emergency check for crystal
methamphetamine production, but which ended up negative.
Summit Police Department was called at 4:22 p.m.
Saturday to 35303 Pabst Road because it was suspected
that the Pabst-owned former creamery had been broken
into, said Police Chief Michael Hartert.
Police found a window and door were ajar during a
routine check and entered the building as a result. It
was during this investigation that Hartert said officers
observed chemicals and beakers filled with liquid, and
also sensed chemicals in the air.
Since these findings led officers to believe a
methamphetamine lab might be present — and knew from
training that the related chemicals are very toxic and
volatile — Summit police called in the Western Lakes
Fire District and Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department
Metro Drug Unit for assistance. The metro drug unit also
sought the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of
Criminal Investigation Law enforcement officials from
other jurisdictions were called in for parameter control
because a large area had to be contained to ensure
nobody else entered the building, The chemicals inside
were eventually determined to not be involved in the
manufacturing of methamphetamine or to be an immediate
Hartert said, Pabst, which still owns the building, has
been notified that it will have to remove the chemicals.