Tulsa Police make biggest meth lab bust ever


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Updated: 10/10/2011 10:17 am Published: 10/09/2011 5:15 pm


Tulsa Police found and disposed of 135 methamphetamine one pot labs inside a home in the 4700 block of South 28th West Ave.

The home had been vacant for months, until recently the homeowner had been stopping by to clean it. Sunday morning she discovered the dangerous chemicals bagged up in 17 35-gallon garbage bags in the house.

“It just went from bad to worse,” says Nick Hawkins, who lives across from the house with the meth lab inside.

He explains it’s bad because the home has been an eyesore for this community, it’s not cared for, and has been vacant for months. Now it’s worse because of what was inside the home.

“To find out it's in our own neighborhood it's quite shocking,” says Hawkins.

Neighbors woke up Sunday morning to hazmat crews, Tulsa fire fighters, and Tulsa police masked and gloved dumping dangerous chemicals out of the West Tulsa house.

“Rather than throwing out the lab remnants they were just stacking it up and stacking it up in the house,” says Captain Adam Balough, with the Tulsa Fire Department’s hazmat team.

Officers have never seen this many one pot vessels at one lab. They don't understand why this meth cook had been storing each one.

“In the meth world it's always a new surprise,” says Balough.

The neighbors don’t understand either. “They call it dope for a reason, you got to be a dope to take it,” says Hawkins.

“It’s very crazy to hear, especially something so big it's very scary,” says another neighbor.

Tulsa police have busted more than 330 meth labs this year. Sunday's bust is classified as one lab, despite having 135 one pot vessels.

This year in Tulsa there have been more than 1,000 one pot meth labs found and disposed.


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