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Phoenix police say man had 20 gallons of meth

ABClocal.com, November 7, 2013

A man was arrested on suspicion of multiple drug-related offenses after authorities found up to 20 gallons of what appeared to be methamphetamine in his Phoenix home Thursday, officials said.

The 26-year-old man was the only person living in the home, near 75th Avenue and Indian School Road, police said.

Patrol officers from the Maryvale Precinct were conducting a follow-up investigation that started several days before, when police contacting him during a traffic stop had suspected the man to be involved in drug-related activity, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department.

The methamphetamine found Thursday was in its refining phase to remove contaminates and make the drug more presentable, one of the last steps before sale, Thompson said.

Officials smelled chemicals “that they recognized as being part of an incandescent lab,” Thompson said.

The Maricopa County Drug Suppression Task Force is conducting the investigation.

“All the kids in the neighborhood, that’s what I was worried about,” said Annette Moreno, who lives with her 13-year-old son a few doors down from where the drugs were found.

“I don’t get involved, but I’m glad they got it.”

The man was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing and possession of illegal drugs for sale. His name was not released.

Thompson said Phoenix police shut down one to two methamphetamine labs per month.