Police searching for man connected to meth lab in Provo

Posted at 10:23 PM, Nov 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-11 13:09:13-05

PROVO, Utah - Police are still looking for the man who they said they believe operated a meth lab out of his bedroom in a Provo apartment building.

Crews are cleaning up the unit at the Riviera Apartments at 1505 North Canyon Road.

A roommate in that unit confirmed to FOX 13 the man police are looking for is Bryce Cazier.

His name is also listed on the Health Department notices posted on the apartment door.

Photos taken at the apartment complex Saturday show Drug Enforcement Agency crews in hazmat suits as they cleared out the apartment and broke down the meth lab.

Nicholas Zarate lived in the unit.

"It's kind of a crazy thing. We're just still trying to process it mentally and just trying to move on like I said,” Zarate said.

Zarate lived there with Cazier and three other people. Police say the meth lab was found in Cazier's room after a fire erupted there.

Zarate said Cazier seemed like a nice guy but kept to himself.

Looking back, Zarate said there were signs that something wasn't quite right.

"I was always a little bit curious. I'd go knock on his door and he would not really let us in his room very often and he would lock the door and you have your suspicions but I would have never expected this,” Zarate said.

Other Riviera Apartment residents are just as stunned.

"It's a real shame. It kind of goes to show that some of these apartment complexes really aren't as safe as we think they are,” said Elizabeth Cole.

Cazier's four roommates have been moved to another unit within the complex, but their exposure level to any harmful chemicals is still unclear.

Lance Madigan with the Utah County Health Department told FOX 13, "The way I understand it, especially while it's being cooked, it off gases a variety of different chemicals that are very hazardous and so you don't want to get those."

According to Madigan, the unit is closed to occupancy until it's cleaned by a certified contractor.

"I think they're testing the apartment right now so they're going to let us know in a little bit how dangerous that was for us so we're just waiting on them to know,” Zarate said.