St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office investigators and Drug Enforcement Administration officials search a suspected methamphetamine lab Monday morning in the 2400 block of Blossom Court in St. Lucie County.
Photographer: Will Greenlee, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
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FT. PIERCE, Fla. - If you were buying a house that was once a meth lab, would you want to know? In the state of Florida, chances are you might never find out.
Florida is one of about half of states with no meth disclosure law.
In Fort Pierce, the realtor selling a home on Beach Court didn't even know it was previously a meth lab.
"Until you called, she had no idea the house may have been used as a meth lab," President of the Realtor's Association of St. Lucie Donn Wonderling said.
Neighbors on the street still remember the bust in 2004.
"It took about a month to clean the house. They had the street closed," neighbor David Fernandez said.
There are pages of homes on the D.E.A. list they call the "National Clandestine Laboratory Register." Click here to view the register.
But according to a D.E.A. spokeswoman, the list is not complete because not all agencies report the homes.
Many states have laws requiring homes where meth was made to be logged and disclosed to potential homebuyers. Florida does not have a disclosure law.
"We need a law like that. Any tool we have at our disposal to disclose and help the buyer would be helpful to us," Wonderling said.
In the case of the Beach Court home, the buyer is still purchasing it and using it as an investment property according to Wonderling.
It's unclear what kind of cleaning process was used on the home, but research shows meth contamination can cause sinus problems and breathing issues for children. There is no evidence the home in Fort Pierce is indeed contaminated.
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