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Homes evacuated as Santa Maria police find drug lab

One of biggest drug busts in Santa Maria history

Big Santa Maria meth bust leads to...

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - About 25 homes were evacuated Friday evening after police say they found a honey oil drug lab at a home on the 500 block of De Armond Place in Santa Maria.

What began as a traffic stop led to Santa Maria police seizing three to four pounds of meth from a suspect.

The drug bust led police to that home on De Armond Place where they made one of the "top five" meth busts in the history of the city.

The lab, which originally was believed to either be a meth lab or a honey oil lab, is considered extremely dangerous and potentially explosive.

"Throughout the state you can read headlines about these drug labs..exploding and causing damage to the entire neighborhood..so at this point we have the entire block evacuated," Santa Maria Police Lt. Russell Mengel said.  

At around 5 p.m. Santa Maria Fire Department was called to the scene and dozens of homes were evacuated. Some of those were evacuated to nearby Miller School. Around 8:30 p.m people were allowed to return to their homes. 

"Kind of a spooky thing, I'm really surprised we're still here," neighbor Wayne Steller said.  

Wayne Steller is spooked out because just around the corner on De Armond Place was that drug lab investigation. 

"I hear it's big, really big," Steller said. "We didn't know what was going on, we saw police, fire trucks, ambulance.. we thought what's going on here."

Police estimate that meth to be worth thousands of dollars on the street.


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