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Meth lab busted in north Amarillo

Published: May. 5, 2015 at 4:14 PM CDT|Updated: May. 5, 2015 at 11:22 PM CDT
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Amarillo, TX - A meth lab discovered in north Amarillo Tuesday morning has area residents concerned.

Despite the dangerous chemicals emitting from a trailer where the meth lab was found, what's even more dangerous is the location of a day care center across the street.

It was a dreary day to say the least, painting a perfect picture, one like you would see in a movie. The trailer at 516 Hastings St. is home to three suspects accused of operating a meth lab.

The Potter County Sheriff's office received a tip that drugs were being sold in the area and acted by executing a search warrant at the home.

"We ended up having to take that meth lab apart," Sheriff Brian Thomas of Potter County, said. " The DEA came in and took care of that for us. We also found a 3/4 pound of marijuana and about 45 grams of meth on the property as well. The location of the trailer were the search warrant was executed was across the street from a day care so it falls under a drug free zone, which is going to bump up the offense that they will be charged with as well."

Pleasant Valley Baptist Day Care is almost directly across the street from the lab where it takes care of 110 kids throughout the week.

"It's kind of creepy in a way because we had no idea it was going on and the things that could of happened are scary to think about," Valerie Clemans, a Co-Director of the day care, said.

The center said it was always skeptical of the trailer and began enforcing tighter security.

"I'm very glad that we have this security system that we have on our building now, that makes us feel a lot better," Melissa Gilliam, also a Co-Director of the center, said.

The school's doors are locked at all times and visitors must be buzzed in to gain access.

All three suspects, two females and one male, were arrested and booked into the Potter County Detention Center.

Sheriff Thomas said this bust was successful because meth use is the number one cause of crime on the streets of Amarillo.