Meth Lab Busted As Neighborhood Kids Come Home From School

(Memphis) Berclair homeowners are reacting with shock after a meth lab was found in their quiet, family oriented neighborhood.

As kids came home from school, they watched Memphis police piled up meth ingredients in the driveway of a home in the 4400 block of Powell Ave.

Meth labs can explode, so neighbors worried people could have been injured. Others struggled with how to explain what was happening to their children.

Tonya Devoto was helping move her mother into an apartment on Powell Ave. Thursday and got an interesting welcome from their neighbors across the street.

“We didn’t get a plate of brownies or anything like that!” her mother Tammy White said. “We got a bigger surprise I guess.”

Three people were put in handcuffs, busted for a meth lab found in a shed behind a house.

Stephanie Key lives across the street and said one of those arrested was the homeowner, someone she knows personally.

“I was shocked,” she said. “My ex-husband worked for him building cabinets… I would have never thought that he was involved in anything like that.”

The neighborhood itself is quiet. Kids walked home from school and played in yards, but standing in glaring contrast were hazmat suits and meth ingredients piled in a driveway.

“I have five children who live in this neighborhood, and I think it’s just crazy!” Devoto said.

Crime tracker shows only been a handful of vandalism and simple assault reports on that street, although the Berclair area has had an ongoing meth problem.

Still, neighbors said they are shocked and saddened that something this dangerous was happening right under their noses.

“I have grand babies that I have at my apartment every day,” Key said. “My daughter lives in these apartments as well. For it to be almost directly across the street, it’s horribly scary.”

Memphis police have not yet released the names of the three people arrested or said if any charges have been filed.