Employee charged after meth-making chemicals found in Boeing building

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 4:52 PM

(KMOV) – Authorities have charged a Boeing employee after chemicals commonly used to make meth were discovered at the company’s plant in Berkeley Wednesday morning.

Dennis Banker was charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony.

According to authorities, authorities got a call for a fire at Building 105 on Boeing’s Berkeley campus at Banshee and McDonnell Boulevard around 6 a.m.

Upon their arrival, authorities evacuated everyone inside the building. Police were then told muriatic acid and ammonia had spilled in the building, which caused smoke to gather in the office.

Authorities said they also found acetone, lithium batteries, red phosphorous, salt, lye, sulfuric acid and pseudoephedrine in another employee’s office. A note was discovered next to the items indicating they were used in a meth lab.

According to court documents, another employee told police Banker had recently switched jobs and had filed a grievance.

Police said a computer check showed Banker had entered the building earlier that morning. Authorities then went to Baker’s office and that’s when he admitted to the offense.

 

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