Police bust suspected drug lab in NE KCMO

Posted at 4:37 PM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-20 19:19:58-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A day later and those who live in the area of Gladstone Blvd and Smart Avenue are still puzzled over the heavy police presence at a house on their block Tuesday.  

A woman who did not want to be identified said police didn't take any chances while going through the house.

"I just saw police there and in what looked like hazmat gear and there was a fire truck and ambulance and it didn't seem like there was anything urgent going on but obviously we knew something happened," she said.

On Wednesday, Kansas City police told 41 Action News officers were dispatched to the house on the 400 block of Gladstone Blvd. Tuesday around 11 a.m. 

When they arrived, those officers saw items used in the manufacturing of drugs. 

Police executed a search warrant and removed those items from the house.  

Neighbors said bottles of "Drano", an ingredient used to make meth, were taken from the home. 

The bust of this suspected drug lab comes right as there's been an increase in the amount of meth KCPD has recovered.

According to a report in June's Board of Police Commissioners Booklet, the narcotics division has recovered 254 pounds of meth so far this year compared to 146 pounds around the same time last year, making it a 74 percent increase.

"Every area has its problems. It doesn't concern us too much, I don't feel in any imminent danger or anything like that so I'm sure that the police will do a fine job taking care of it," the woman said.

Police add they haven't arrested anyone in connection to this suspected drug lab and that their investigation continues.