H-PASO ROBLES

Apr 8, 2011 1:41 AM by Liza Sullivan

Sheriff's Detectives Bust Meth Lab

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's detectives uncovered what they believe is a Meth lab in Paso Robles on Thursday.

The residents of 4670 Prairie Road said they were making soap, but investigators believe they were involved in something much more dangerous and illegal.

"We recovered a large amount of methamphetamine and heroin," said Rob Bryn of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department. "But they were not 'cooking' (making the drugs) at the time we arrived."

Detectives found canisters, bottles and jugs of chemicals, and other equipment, they say it was evidence of a Meth lab.

"I kind of suspected it for a while," said Jason Kauhn, a next-door neighbor. "There was a lot of traffic in and out, and a lot of different people."

The man and woman who lived at the home were arrested, and while Sheriff's investigators process evidence, Environmental Health crews are testing the surrounding area for dangerous levels of contamination.

"There is a danger," said Bryn. "Obviously an inhalation hazard, but Environmental Health is here, Code Enforcement is here, because we want to make sure we don't have ground water contamination or anything like that."

Kauhn added: "We're just now finding everything out, so I'm just keeping my kid and my self away from that property."

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