Meth house busted in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS -- Neighbors say they're concerned, after investigators found more than they'd expected when they executed a search warrant in Southwest Minneapolis.

Investigators say members of the North Star Fugitive Task Force were serving a search warrant on a man wanted for possession of drugs and theft when they discovered ingredients used for methamphetamine. No one has been formally charged but several people were arrested

"They found what appeared to be a meth lab and there was also a distinct odor of strong irritants in the air that irritated the officers eyes," said Todd Loining, a commander with the Minneapolis Police Department. "There is no danger to anybody in this community. We have worked very diligently to get the necessary teams in there to get those teams removed."

Neighbors say the suspected illegal activity based on the volume of traffic at the home located on on the 5000 block of Abbott Ave. during the past year.

"At night, we just knew that something was not right with all the activity going on in the alley with all of the trucks coming and going," said one neighbor who asked us not to reveal her name. "I am very happy that it is finally all over with."

Tuesday afternoon, police returned to the home to make sure it was secure. A sign warning people about potentially hazardous substances on the property greeted people as they drove by. Dozens of people drove by the home during the short time KARE 11 was in the neighborhood.

Larry Rieger, who lives in neighboring community, was among the group of people examining the home. Nestled between junk in the yard there were old plastic soda bottles, cleaning supplies and a plastic tube. Those are just some items used in the production of meth.

"It was unbelievable! This is southwest Minneapolis, Edina border town," Rieger said. "Crime doesn't come here. I don't even lock my doors. When I got to bed the doors are locked but in the day they are open. They've been that way for 22 years."

Authorities say that contrary to belief, illegal drugs enter all communities, but they say meth has declined.

"Today we are seeing a lot of heroin and crack cocaine," Cmd. Loining said. "Meth is still very prevalent in the city, however, it seems like a lot of this stuff is being manufactured outside of the city."

Meanwhile, a housing inspector will walk through the residence to determine whether or not it's safe for living.


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