Representatives found a huge methamphetamine lab Thursday night in the quiet Northeast Side.
According to Bexar County Chief Javier Salazar, his deputies first pulled a suspect near Jones Maltzberger. The suspect, who they were investigating with the DEA, was carrying too much methamphetamine on him.
But he also had kids in the car.
“He not only had about 10 kilograms of methamphetamine, but he also had two young children,” Salazar revealed.
After the traffic stopped, representatives went to 5,400 blocks of Lake Grove, where they found the alleged lab, with 20 to 30 kilograms of methamphetamine.
“The most worrying thing is that what we found in this house was a conversion laboratory,” Salazar said. “Basically, drugs here come in raw form, and they seem to come in plastic buckets like what you see at Home Depot or Lowes, come in liquid form, process them into solid form, and they’re repacked, airtight and transported.”
Salazar said his teams now believe the drugs are coming from south of the border.
Inside the house, Salazar said they found stoves, like the kind people use to fry turkey or boil shrimp, and five large buckets and “gallons” of acetone.
He said finding this lab in the middle of a neighborhood was a surprise.
“It’s very rare that they see an operation like this, especially in a densely populated area where we are,” Salazar said. “These chemicals have the ability to blow up that house’s roof, should things go wrong.”
Salazar said the house did not appear to be used as a dwelling, as there weren’t enough things inside for a person to live in it. He said they expect to hear news from the neighbors soon.
“Certainly, as for the neighbors who are here, I have no doubt that they will contact us with more information,” Salazar said. “When there is a lab process like this, it will emit a very strong chemical odor outside.”
Salazar said one person is in custody and will face charges, but they expect to see more. He also said that DEA agents with him claimed they hadn’t seen a lab like this since 2015