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Kalamazoo Co. deputies find 12 meth labs overnight on roadsides

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - As the snow melts across West Michigan, police are uncovering dangerous meth-making materials along our roads.

It's a story that Newschannel 3 first reported on Monday night, and now the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department says it found a dozen one-pot meth labs overnight.

Undersheriff Paul Matyas says Monday night he sent a crew out asking them to find a meth lab along the road, and Tuesday morning, they reported they found twelve without looking very hard at all.

Now that the snow is starting to melt, discarded meth labs are starting to turn up across West Michigan.

"When you look alongside the road, you can't help but see some of these things," Matyas said, adding that deputies nearly doubled the number of one-pot meth labs they've found all spring during Monday night's search.

"These labs that were pitched months ago are now showing up," he said.

In fact, one was found right in front of a Comstock elementary school Tuesday morning.

"Sitting right on the lawn in front of the school was this meth lab system that someone tossed out of a car onto the lawn," Matyas said.

Doing so left dangerous chemicals potentially within reach of children.

"Inside of some of these bottles is still going to be some type of acid--you pick it up, that's going to burn you," Matyas explained.

Deputies aren't the only ones finding the materials either.

Conservation officer Chris Holmes says he often finds the remnants in state game areas as well.

"Basically, if you find any bottle with something that doesn't look like it came in the bottle, you could have a meth lab," he said.

He does worry what those chemicals could do to the environment, though.

"If they leech out into the soil, they could get into drinking water or streams and rivers," Holmes said.

The Sheriff's Department adds that this is just the beginning, and as more snow melts, they expect more labs to show up.

"We'll be out here all summer really, lookin for em," Matyas said.

The Sheriff's Department says if you see a one-pot meth lab, or even if you think you see one, do not touch it, but instead call police and they will come out to clean it up.