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Working Meth Lab Found in Boarded Up Home

Alert repairmen at a boarded up rental home discover a working meth lab.
Workers with a local rental company say they were checking on their properties in the 1300 block of North 5th Street Wednesday morning when they found some alarming items.

"I found a bunch of used syringes with blood in it and stuff like that," one of the repairmen, who wouldn't go on camera, says. "We called Wichita P.D. Narcotics came out here. The fire department confiscated the lab and the equipment."

WFPD Sgt. John Spragins says, "There was actual methamphetamine that was located at the residence along with all the different items used to manufacture methamphetamine. Everything from starter fluid to acids, salt."

The home is vacant and boarded up, and neighbors say they haven't noticed any unusual activity there.

Francis Lopez, a concerned neighbor, says, "The only time we see anybody going around the building is at day. The man that's usually repairing the house."

She says now she'll keep an eye on the house and others like it in her neighborhood.

"I wouldn't want anybody doing drugs or anything because we have a lot of kids that play around here," Lopez says.

"Ten years ago, we were seeing these every day," Spragins says. "We were going from one lab to the other. We just couldn't keep up, there were so many."

Spragins says meth houses aren't as common now.

He says the meth makers will manufacture drugs in a building, like a vacant home, for as long as they can until they are discovered, and then they'll move locations.

Spragins says all the evidence collected in the investigation is being processed.

He says there are bar codes and tracking numbers on some of the items police found, so they'll be able to subpoena companies to track those numbers and hopefully figure out who was responsible for making drugs at that location.

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