A Circleville couple is under arrest after they were allegedly cooking meth in a house also occupied by three children.
Circleville police said the drug operation was located when they were assisting with a probation check at a home on Hayward Street.
Police kicked in the door and allegedly smelled chemicals. They said there were nine batches of meth cooking.
They arrested Clyde Lane, 40, and Kristy Anacker, 36. Authorities said the couple admitted to running meth labs in the home.
The woman’s three children were playing outside at the time.
“It was overwhelming. It was very scary just not knowing what was going on right next door to me,” said neighbor Penny Parish.
The Circleville police chief said the condition of the house was horrendous.
“We have a couple pictures that we shot, Columbus police shot last night, of the materials for the meth right next to the food that the kids would be eating,” said Chief Harold Gray, Circleville Police.
Anacker is the mother of the children who are ages 3, 5, and 10. Lane is the father of two of the children. The kids were turned over to the care of Children Services.
"Lots of times I could hear them talk amongst themselves, the little kids in the back yard, they would say we're not allowed to go in the house. Now, I know why,” added Parish.
Lane and Anacker face charges of manufacturing and possession of meth and child endangering.
City crews are now securing the house with orange fencing and ‘Keep Out’ signs so experts can determine whether there are any long-term environmental or health hazards. Authorities seized cooking pots and chemicals like Coleman fuel and Draino.
Police also said it's up to the landlord who owns the house to hire experts who can answer that question, but investigators said it's possible the place will have to be bulldozed.
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