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Police find mobile meth lab


Clovis police shut down a gas station for more than five hours Saturday afternoon and closed off Seventh Street for about 2 1/2 hours following discovery of a methamphetamine lab in a parked car.

According to Lt. Patrick Whitney, the proximity of the mobile meth lab to the gas pumps gave police no choice but to shut down the area.

“The store personnel weren’t very happy about it but public safety comes first and we have to do what we have to do,” Whitney said. “There can be a very powerful explosion depending on what method is used to produce the meth. … Obviously sitting there in the gas station the risk is compounded, and Seventh and Hull is a very high traffic area.”

Whitney said the car first came to police attention when officers noticed it leaving the closed Villa Del Sol trailer park, which shouldn’t have traffic because it has no residents. After a check of the license plate indicated that its owner was wanted on warrants from the U.S. Marshal Service in Albuquerque, police issued a “be on the lookout” order for the car, located it at the gas station about 2:30 p.m., and apprehended its occupants who were inside the station.

Officers discovered the meth lab while searching the car.

Police took two people into custody, one on a probation violation and the other on an outstanding warrant, but did not release their names since the department was still investigating the incident and may file additional charges. Both occupants face at least charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, for a maximum of six years in prison.


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