Saying No: How To Give Meth The 'Heave Ho' From Your Neighborhood

By Jeff Neumeyer

August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM EDT

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Too close for comfort.

A group of homeowners in Kendallville is breathing easier, after police shut down a meth making operation in their neighborhood.

It’s a shady business that started to take its toll on folks living closeby.

At first glance, 431 Pleasant Street appears harmless enough.

But not so when you look at some of the meth trash police dragged out of the place.

Neighbors on Tuesday phoned in complaints of a strong chemical odor coming from the home.

Kendallville police showed up, served a warrant, and confiscated meth materials and ten bags full of discarded containers.

Three men and two women were jailed.

Nearby residents felt they'd been freed.

" Tears came up because just the relief that it was hopefully over," said 79-year old Elouise McCormick, who claims her block took a sad turn months ago, when meth moved in.

She and her son are heartbroken that a little girl was living in the suspected meth house.

" My son said how can a mother do that with their child, bring them in that kind of environment," McCormick said.

You tend to think of meth operations in rural areas.

On Pleasant Street that's not the case.

There are houses everywhere.

It used to be you couldn't make meth in urban areas because of the powerful smell of anhydrous ammonia, but police say the manufacture of meth is changing.

" Maybe 5, 10 years ago, anhydrous ammonia was a very popular chemical that was used in the manufacturing process. They've made the process a little simpler, a little smaller operation," said Sgt. Mike McCann with Kendallville police.

So called "one pot" manufacturing containers still throw off distinctive odors of ether, cleaning agents and Coleman fuel that can be a giveaway that meth is being cooked up.

A call to police is a first step to driving out the meth demons and recapturing your version of Pleasant Street.

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