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Lilburn meth house to be demolished this week

LILBURN -- Gwinnett County police have been notified that the Lilburn meth house where three children were killed last year will begin being demolished as early as today.

Neighbors have complained about the poor condition of the home on Spring Mill Drive since the methamphetamine-fueled fire destroyed it on Feb. 17 of last year, also taking the lives of three young children. JPMorgan Chase Bank, the owner of the home, was fined earlier this year before announcing it would be razed.

That process is likely to take three days but should begin this morning, assuming all permits are in order, police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.

"This location has been a constant reminder of the tragedy that occurred there," Smith said, "and hopefully its demolition will bring some closure to the community."

Police also said Tuesday that there have been leads as to the location of Ivan Gonzalez -- the lone murder and trafficking suspect not yet apprehended -- since his disappearance, but he has not been captured. Several local and federal agencies have been involved in the search, Smith said.

Anyone with information regarding Gonzalez's whereabouts should call Gwinnett detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-557-TIPS.

Nearly $200,000 and 5,000 grams of liquid methamphetamine were found in the house after the fire was extinguished. Neibi Brito, the mother of the children killed after an explosion, and Joseph A. Perez, who suffered burns to his face during the fire, have both been arrested since and charged with three counts of felony murder and trafficking methamphetamine.