Police could have cleaned meth lab sooner


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Updated: 11/26/2012 9:06 am Published: 11/24/2012 10:02 pm


Broken Arrow police officers and the Broken Arrow Street Crimes Unit cleaned up a corroding meth lab in Adams Creek on Saturday afternoon after a persistent, good Samaritan reported the multiple shake and bake on Thanksgiving day. 

Richard Waite and his son were walking along the creek near the Creek Turnpike and 61st Street when they spotted an ice chest with a bunch of empty bottles, and used syringes inside of it.  It was sitting in the middle of the creek. 

“Just enjoying being in nature as much as we can and looking for animals and things and to come across something like that is just sick,” said Waite. 

The two own a nuisance wildlife control company and are used to walking in rural areas. 

“Obviously that’s something you never hope you see,” said Waite. 

He took some pictures and showed his wife when they went home. 

“I hopped in the shower to get ready for Thanksgiving dinner and she saw the pictures on my phone and freaked out and called Broken Arrow police,” said Waite.  “They called back later asking for more information but never called back to say they found it or that it was gone.”

He was worried on Thursday night when it rained that water could wash the chemicals from the meth lab into neighborhoods down the creek where he knows children play. 

“I hate to see the waters, and the rivers and the streams and stuff polluted by that kind of mess,” said Waite. 

What he hated more though was the lack of effort from the BAPD to clean up the mess.  He went back on Friday and it was still there.

“To my shock and disappointment, if I can be honest, very disappointed that mess was still sitting there,” said Waite. 

He called FOX23 News and FOX23 called the BAPD on Saturday and three officers showed up to meet with the news crew and with Waite. 

“I was actually hoping it was gone, so I could apologize to you for your trouble,” said Waite.  “I parked here earlier waiting for you, and looked down there and saw it again.  I was disappointed because I counted the days and from what the police report is so dangerous about that stuff and for it to sit out there for that long it disappointing to me.”

Broken Arrow’s Cpl. Leon Calhoun told FOX23 News if he could have handled it differently he would have. 

“If we had more information on Thursday, then maybe the officer who came out first would have located it because we want to get this properly secured and destroyed,” said Cpl. Calhoun. 

He said an officer drove around the creek on Thursday, but did not locate the meth lab. 

“If you pulled over to the side of the road right here where we are standing and looked over the bridge it’s right in front of you,” said Waite in disbelief that an officer could miss it.  “It’s right in front of you and it’s a big open ice chest.”

The BA Street Crimes Unit poured motor oil into the four shake and bake bottles to neutralize the chemicals. 

They said this meth lab looked several months old. 

They have cleaned up more than 40 dumped out meth labs in Broken Arrow this year alone. 

The police said if anyone sees a dumped out meth lab to not touch it and call them to report its location and possibly meet up with the officer to show him where it is located.


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Mayor Maynot - 11/28/2012 2:12 PM
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Doesnt sound like a good Samaritan it sounds more like a whining brake on an overweight truck screaming downhill

Mayor Maynot - 11/28/2012 2:09 PM
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Pluck out yer aye mon don't look at it yu'll go blynd

aleman - 11/25/2012 2:56 PM
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I ain't gonna put it on my Post Toasties,seen what it's made out of and don't wanna be near it,better left to the pros,don't know what kinda inbred would put this in their body

Unwashed Mass - 11/25/2012 11:43 AM
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There is lots of money in "approved cleanup" companies that also do inspections. They do an inspection and decide you need a cleanup. Some communities have laws saying ONLY specialty companies can do cleanup, and the town and/or PD gets a kickback from the outrageous fees they charge.

Unwashed Mass - 11/25/2012 11:40 AM
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It's not plutonium, or Ebola. These are the same chemicals you have under your kitchen sink, and if you use a little common sense (as well as a facemask and gloves) you are ok. Never handle an active container though (where the chemicals are still cooking).

aleman - 11/25/2012 6:58 AM
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Until your kid or family gets into it anyway

roadhunter - 11/25/2012 2:10 AM
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People please quit acting like finding a plastic bottle with a tiny bit of chemical residue in it is a life-threatening situation. You can find more dangerous substances in any grocery store.
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