Deputies stumble upon major meth lab operation

Published On: Apr 23 2013 06:00:49 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 23 2013 01:48:02 PM CDT

April 23 2013: Deputies said a welfare check at a home in northeast Harris County turned into a more than $2 million drug bust.  Courtney Gilmore reports.

HOUSTON -

Deputies said a welfare check at a home in northeast Harris County turned into a more than $2 million drug bust.

Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables said it all started when neighbors called them Monday evening to report a strange odor coming from a home on Bolton Bridge near Forest Point Drive.

When deputies arrived, they said there were two cars in the driveway, but no one was inside the home. Deputies said they noticed a back door was open, so they took a look inside. Inside, investigators said they found a massive drug operation.

"We backed out, secured a search warrant and came back in and discovered a large quantity of crystal meth," said Lt. Cupit with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constables Office. "They weren't actually cooking it at the time, but they had been just recently."

Cupit said they found around 32 pounds of crystal meth.

Deputy constables said the home was a distribution house, and the suspect or suspects were using acetone to cut the drugs.

Investigators said the meth has a street value of about $2.5 million. Investigators are working to track down the owner of the home and the cars in the drive way.

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