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Saline County: One of largest meth bust, no arrests

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(KATV) Sardis - One of the largest meth labs in the state has been discovered in Saline County in the community of Sardis. After getting a tip, deputies found the materials and waste from hundreds of pounds of meth.

No arrests have been made even though some neighbors point fingers to the homeowner. He lives somewhere else. So deputies are investigating that scenario and checking to see if someone else has been on the property.

Down Gravel Ridge Road in Sardis, homes are close together, but still have that rural country feel.     

Neighbors say after a divorce, the person who kept this mobile home stopped taking care of it, weeds took over and there were signs of a possible meth lab.

A tip lead deputies to the storage truck the size of a u-haul at the home. It has been taken in as evidence. Inside it, they found all the chemicals and materials to make meth.

Lt. Scotty Courtney with the Saline County Sheriff's Office says, "It was a large amount of product. It was in the hundreds of pounds of waste."

When dealing with the chemicals there is always a chance of an explosion, but in this case it wasn't a high danger. "But was it a dangerous situation, of course."

Hazmat disposed of the chemicals, the Office of Emergency Management cleaned the site and the Department of Environmental Quality is doing soil samples. The sheriff's office expects the bill to be $10,000 - $15,000 dollars.

Lt. Courtney says, "The County has to pick up the tab for the clean-up and the testing so they are taking steps through the court to seize that property to try to recoup some of the cost for the clean up."

The Office of Emergency Management is filing to get reimbursed from the EPA for about $4,000 for their part in the clean up.

Just to give you an idea of how big the lab was, it usually cost about $1,500 to clean.

Investigators still haven't determined how long the meth lab was there. They're still trying to determine how much was possibly making it to the streets. It could have been a small operation over a long period of time or a large operation, making hundreds of pounds of meth.

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