“I’ll just head out now, while the rice is cooking,” I called out to K, keys in hand, heading out for a quick run to the grocery store. I pulled out of the drive way, and as I came to the intersection, I saw something odd: a police car blocking the road at the next intersection — my destination. I continued, thinking there must have been an accident and planning on taking a back route. I glanced down the blocked street and saw a sight one doesn’t see often except on the news: dozens of men running around in hazardous materials suits.
What to do? Go back for the camera and tripod.
I was the only one with a camera — other than the local Fox affiliate crew — but there was a small crowd gathering. The officer blocking the road replied, “Hey, I’ve got no idea myself,” to all queries, but we all knew.
With that much haz-mat protection, it could only be one of two things. Neither is something you want in your neighborhood.
“The coroner hasn’t arrived yet,” laughed one of the spectators, “so we know it’s not a pile of dead bodies in the basement.”
“And we know they weren’t growing a little grass in the basement,” another added. The group consensus: meth lab.
And sure enough, it was. Odd and rather creepy to think that I passed a house every day for several years where suchÂ nefarious, lethal behavior occurred. Most chilling: I’ve seen children playing in that yard.
Coincidentally enough, there was another drug bust in our little town on Friday.