Police find meth lab, sleeping suspect at unfinished West Side home

A man is in custody after police say he fell asleep outside an unfinished home he broke into and turned into a meth lab on the city’s West Side.

Matthew Mahon, 32, is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and residential burglary, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

Officers responded to a call about a suspicious person on Wednesday in the 5900 block of Ermemin NW after a construction manager found a methamphetamine lab inside a home being built.

Police found Mahon asleep in a white SUV directly in front of the building, according to the complaint. They also found a meth pipe in the vehicle.

Mahon told police he hadn’t been inside the building and was taken to a hospital after complaining of a pre-existing heart issue.

According to police, narcotics detectives put on protective gear and dismantled the meth lab. While doing so, police say they found “numerous” items used to make meth, including chemicals such as iodine and red phosphorous, a digital scale, coffee filters, a heating source and smashed cold tablets.

Amongst the lab, in the garage, detectives found a military backpack with the name “Mahon” on it, an open laptop with the name “Mahon” and several pieces of mail with the name “Matthew Mahon.”

After Mahon was discharged from the hospital, police say they found him driving his sister’s car and he was taken into custody without incident.