Officers Seize Meth Lab at Washington Home, DaycareMarch 18, 2011
Franklin County task force investigators raided a home Friday afternoon in the 1600 block of Third Parkway where they seized a meth lab and arrested one suspect.
The female suspect, who was not identified because she had not been charged, was operating a child day care center in the home, investigators said.
"We developed information that meth was being manufactured at the home and obtained a search warrant," said Detective Sgt. Jason Grellner, commander of the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit.
"What we didn't know was that the home was being used as a day care center," Grellner said. "It was an unregistered, unlicensed day care."
When officers entered the home, they found five children ranging in age from an infant to three or four years old, Grellner said.
The couple has two children of their own, who were in school when the raid occured, according to Grellner. They have been turned over to the Division of Family Services. The children attending the daycare, including three additional kids who arrived as officers were on the scene, were turned back to their parents, and will "be monitored by their personal physicians" for possible health effects, Grellner said.
Grellner said based on the amount of meth lab trash and precursor chemicals, many batches of meth had been cooked there.
"The main part of the lab was in the driveway and the garage under the home. It appeared it (cooking meth) was going on for quite some time," Grellner told The Missourian.
The woman's husband, who was not home when the search warrant was served, currently is on probation for meth possession, Grellner said.
He said investigators will be applying for state or federal warrants charging the couple.
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