Federal and local law enforcement agencies discovered what appeared to be an inactive drug laboratory during a raid of a Paonia property Tuesday.
Law enforcement officers who searched 840 Colorado Highway 133 in Paonia found the equipment in a detached garage, according to Steve Knight, the Drug Enforcement Administration agent in charge in Grand Junction.
"We executed a search warrant and we found … a garage-based laboratory, but we don't really know what he was making," Knight said Tuesday afternoon.
No arrests have been made in connection with the raid, although Knight said one of the home's occupants was arrested in November in Michigan in connection with drug charges.
Chemists accompanied law enforcement officers and expect to analyze equipment found during the search, Knight said.
Suspected narcotics were found on the property, although Knight didn't say what kind or in what quantity.
The property is not far from Paonia High School, and the Delta County School District placed all Paonia schools on shelter-in-place "just for that very brief amount of time it took us to enter the property," Knight said.
DEA agents from Grand Junction and Salt Lake City were joined by law enforcement officers from the Delta County Sheriff's Office, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and received support from the National Guard.