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Found: An Underground Meth Lab in a Walmart Parking Lot

The Walmart stayed open while police dove down in.

It’s not at all uncommon for police to find meth labs. Just in the past couple of days, police have found a meth lab in Detroit, a one-pot meth lab in Ohio, another three in Wisconsin, a “shake-and-bake” meth lab in Alabama, a lab in Pennsylvania less than 500 feet away from a school, and, presumably, many other meth labs that didn’t make the local news.

But it’s not every day that someone finds an underground meth lab.

Police in Amherst, New York, just outside of Buffalo, were on a routine preventive patrol, spot-checking places that people “might be using for no good,” Captain Scott Chamberlain told the local NBC affiliate. In a culvert below a Walmart parking lot, police found evidence of meth production, in an underground space tall enough to stand up in.

This discovery did not interrupt the normal course of business at the Walmart. “As Walmart shoppers ran their errands, two first responders in full hazmat suits were lowered beneath the parking lot through a man hole,” WIVB reported.

Police are now considering securing the culvert so that people can no longer use it for such purposes. 

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