Residents shocked about living near meth lab

By Dan Wells – bio | email

CINCINNATI (FOX19) – Some Northern Kentucky residents are a little shocked with the realization that living in an upscale neighborhood does not mean immunity from problems with street drugs.

"You would never even think that anything like that would ever happen here," says Nancy Snyder, an Oakbrook neighborhood resident.

Neighbors got a shock when police busted a meth operation at a home in the 1700 block of Promontory Drive.

"To know that is in my neighborhood is very upsetting," said Snyder.

"We did not expect to have it our neighborhood either," said Candace Rice.

People make meth from common household chemicals and over-the-counter cold and allergy remedies.

It doesn't take a lot of space and when it's cooked up but it leaves a smell that people living here say they can't forget.

"I just happened to look across the street and that lady lives in that blue and white house...she had smoke coming from the side of her house and I said (to my neighbor) is she burning something, is she cooking and I said it really stinks, I said I've never smelled that odor before," said Snyder.

Each lab will have its own recipe so the chemicals can differ from lab to lab but no matter what the ingredients the chemicals left behind are usually toxic and flammable.

"She could have had a huge explosion over there, she could have blown up how many homes and killed how many innocent people, it's so upsetting I can't even put it into words," said Snyder.

Neighbors now worry about what effects the chemicals of that meth lab will have on their homes and their families.

"The whole neighborhood is concerned that is just sitting there and when is somebody going to come and clean it," said Snyder.

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