Two people were arrested Thursday morning in a meth lab bust at a Topeka mobile home park.
Nicolette Schleisman explains how this lab was found at the Meadowood Mobile Home Park on Lyman Road.
Thursday morning at about 8:30, US Marshals were looking for someone who was wanted on a parole warrant. That is when they found materials for making methamphetamine.
“It shocks me and makes me furious it was so close to my home,” said Kim Blount, resident at Meadowood.
Kim Blount has been living in the Meadowood Mobile Home Park from 8 years.
Nicolette Schleisman was the first one to inform her that a Fugitive Task Force had found a possible meth lab Thursday morning in the home right behind hers.
“I’m wondering how long is that going to be around, be in the air, be a danger, I mean can they eradicate the danger right now, I mean right now, how long is it going to take? And why didn’t they come tell us?” said Blount.
According to Acting US Marshal Craig Beam, Thursday morning, agents from a Fugitive Task Force were at the Meadowood Mobile Home Park, looking for a wanted person on a parole warrant. While at the home, officers found materials that could be used to make meth.
The home was evacuated.
“Of course whenever there’s chemicals associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine, there’s always the danger of some type of ignition or explosion happening, but in this case, however I don’t believe the lab was fully functional,” said Beam.
Marshal Beam says Topeka Police were called in to take over.
30-year-old Adam Strouth and 29-year-old Vanessa Hernandez were arrested.
Early Thursday afternoon, officers entered the mobile home in Haz-Mat suits.
Blount says it was too close to home.
“I’ve seen pictures of what can happen if there’s an explosion at a meth lab, and it’s not just contained in your little area. (cut to) if something would have happened, it could have killed us in our sleep,” said Blount.
Strouth and Hernandez are charged with attempted manufacture of meth and possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. A child was also removed from the home.
The US Marhslas service did not comment on the fugitive they were looking for.
The media was kicked off the property Thursday afternoon by two women who neighbors say are managers of the mobile home park.
Shortly after 8:30 this morning, the fugitive task force consisting of the US Marshals, Topeka Police Department, Shawnee County Sheriff, and KDOC were at the 1900 block of NW Lyman looking for a fugitive when they found what appeared to be a possible methamphetamine lab.
The Topeka Police Department Narcotics Unit was called out to assist the U.S. Marshalls Fugitive Task Force into the investigation and were able to confirm the existence of a one-pot methamphetamine lab in the residence. During the course of the investigation officers were able to seize items related to the manufacture of methamphetamine.
The Shawnee Sherriff’s Office, Topeka Fire Department and members of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were also called out to assist in the execution of a search warrant at 1900 NW Lyman #30.
30-year-old Adam D Strouth and 29-year-old Vanessa Hernandez were both booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections and charged each with the attempted manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
One child was placed into police protective custody.