Somerville, MA: Police, DEA agents, firefighters, a hazmat team, and helicopters all converged on an Oxford Street home in Somerville, around 9:45 this morning , surprising neighbors and the owner of the home, Irina Kristy. Kristy, a Suffolk University Math Professor, who lives on the second floor of the duplex home with a grown son, was not at home when police and the DEA entered her home with a search warrant in-hand. What they found inside the home is still a mystery tonight, although a police officer reportedly told a neighbor today that the home contained a crystal meth lab. As a safety precaution, some residents were asked to evacuate their homes, during the investigation.
Officially, Police Chief Tom Pasquarello and DEA Special Agent in Charge, Kevin Lane, did not disclose what kind of chemicals were removed from the home today. However, according to the GateHouse News Service, Chief Pasquarello did admit that some unknown substances were found inside the house, including some explosive chemicals that had to be neutralized at the scene. News footage shot by WCVB TV also revealed that in addition to the chemicals, an explosive device found inside the house was also destroyed by investigators.
As of tonight,the home has been declared “unfit for human habitation” and no arrests have been made, however police are interested in speaking to Kristy’s son. Neighbors describe him as being an unfriendly man, who is in his late 20s or early 30s, who spent a lot of time working on his car. His mother, Professor Kristy, denies having any knowledge of a meth lab in her home which was estimated to be worth in the vicinity of $540,000. The cost of making her home safe to live in again is still unknown.