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Edwardsville Meth Bust Nets 11 Arrests

9:52 PM, Jul 10, 2007   |    comments
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By Randy Jackson KSDK - Agents with the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois had a house in the 500 block of Buchanan under surveillance after neighbors complained. "Edwardsville Police received some complaints from neighbors of an unusual smell, a chemical smell, and they responded to the scene and were able to determine where those smells were coming from," says Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Joe Beliveau. Agents returned with warrants and seized 900 grams of liquid methamphetamine, along with a large quantity of equipment used to make the illegal and dangerous drug. They arrested 11 people and took a 14 month-old child into their care. Tuesday, an orange sign was posted on the front door, warning of the dangers of chemical residue left behind, but Sgt. Beliveau says anyone within a hundred feet of the lab was in danger. "Fires, explosions happen all the time in meth labs and could result in a child or adult walking in front of the house being harmed," says Beliveau. Residents say cars would actually slow down, pull up, and stop in front of the house at all hours of the day and night, something that told neighbors something just wasn't right. In fact, while we were interviewing a woman across the street from the home, a car pulled up to the house and then sped away when the occupants saw our camera. "Definitely relieved," says one neighbor, who gave her name only as Mary. The meth lab taken down, not in a rural heartland, but on a city street where anyone can call home. "We're finding it's occurring in all areas, all subdivisions, all neighborhoods. It's not targeting any one type of person," says Beliveau.


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