Archive for Thursday, January 15, 2009

Meth lab discovered in Bonner residence

January 15, 2009

A methamphetamine lab was discovered in Bonner Springs, thanks to an anonymous complaint.

Bonner Springs Police Department Detective Rick Schubert said that after the tip was received, the department followed up with an investigation and was able to determine probable cause and obtained a search warrant with help from the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office.

Police, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration, searched the home on the 400 block of North Pratt on Friday, Jan. 9, and upon arrival, determined methamphetamines were being manufactured, Schubert said.

He said the homeowners were home at the time of the search, which was conducted without any problems. The homeowners were not arrested at the time of the search, he said, because of pending lab tests.

“We’re going to send the results to the District Attorney’s Office for review, and arrests are expected,” Schubert said, adding that the lab test should be completed in the next couple of weeks.

After the search, the Bonner Springs Building Codes Department did a review of the property because of possible contamination. Brian Hunt, building official, said that he, the department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment deemed the dwelling unsafe to occupy.

In Schubert’s 20 years with the Bonner Springs Police Department, he said he had been involved in about 30 methamphetamine lab busts. He said he didn’t think such labs were a problem in Bonner Springs.

“I’m not exactly sure why,” Schubert said. “Maybe we’re just doing a really good job.”

Schubert said any charges would be filed through Wyandotte County District Court.

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