Police: Meth lab found in Massachusetts public housing complex

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Authorities investigating a kitchen fire at a Hudson public housing complex say they found what appears to be a methamphetamine manufacturing operation.

Two people were arrested at the Peter's Grove apartment complex Sunday. Forty-six-year-old Ronald Royse and 44-year-old Joanna Miles pleaded not guilty Monday in Marlborough District Court to charges of possession and manufacture of methamphetamine and disturbing the peace.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports Royce was held on $100,000 cash bail. Miles was held without bail on a probation violation warrant, with $50,000 bail in the new case. Defense attorneys argued the bail is too high and that Royce and Miles are drug dependent people trying to make the for themselves and not to sell.

As a precaution, firefighters evacuated dozens of residents of the complex, which houses many elderly people.