Trash dump turned meth bust

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 10/28/2013 11:50 pm Published: 10/28/2013 11:10 pm

Mayes county deputies went to arrest a man for illegally dumping trash, but found a meth lab and a five-year-old child inside the home.

Christian Butcher, the manager of Quality Trash Service, was accused of disposing of massive amounts of trash outside of his Salina home for months.

"I put up some shrubs when he first moved in down there to kind of block the view," said neighbor Jim Bryant. "I'm not at all happy with the trucks or the trash."

Captain Rod Howell was more surprised about what was inside the home. He and the Mayes County Sheriff's Office got an arrest warrant on October 22 in regards to the trash, but also found a young girl and more than 16 ounces of meth oil there too.

"This [trash] alone right here is bad enough as far as dumping because a child is going to play in something out there," Howell said. As far as the meth oil, "It can be construed as personal use but basically this is manufacturing methamphetamine."

Butcher was arrested and held under $250,000 bond. That comes as welcome news for neighbors like Bryant but doesn't solve a new issue for his customers like Leona Duniphin.

"He won't get another $35 out of me because I won't pay him," Duniphin said. "He'd pick [trash] up once a week but then it got to where it was maybe every two weeks."

She and other Quality Trash Service customers are stuck with piles of trash outside their homes. Howell even told FOX 23 that he's received several calls from upset residents wandering when their trash would be picked up.

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Mayor Maynot - 10/29/2013 2:01 PM
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ZoMbiE trash victims wAnDeRiNg if their trash will just go away like an unwanted guest. During the NYC trash strike that shhht was stacked pretty high. Get a 55gal drum cut a few holes in the bottom put an expanded metal grate on top to hold back big ash and fire it up.
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