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A meth arrest is made Tuesday morning after police were dispatched near Central High School for the smell of ammonia. A search of the home prompted an arrest and an investigation.

After searching this home at 920 Koehler, officers found methamphetamine and about ten gallons of what they believe to be anhydrous ammonia.

Detective Sgt. Scott Hurt of the Evansville-Vanderburgh Drug Task Force is fed up with all the meth arrests in the area.

“I don’t understand how someone could put so many people at risk. Am I glad we’re out here? No. Am I glad we’ve recovered these items and we’ve prevented future meth labs at this location? Yes, I hope so.”

Detective Hurt says this situation had potential for tragedy, being just a few yards away from Central High School and the North Branch Library.

“I’m offended that someone living this close to a ball park where you would have dozens and dozens of kids and parents would do this. It floors me that someone would be that irresponsible to manufacture methamphetamine that close.”

He says a young child was inside the home when officers arrived, and appeared to live there.

“Child protective services have been notified. It’s our goal to get the child to the hospital, to get the child checked out. The safety and welfare of the child is paramount at this point.”

Neighbors, like Barbara Browning, say they’re appalled at how close a meth lab was to other homes, a ball field and a library.

“We have children coming and going in this little library all the time. They have programs for toddlers and mothers. Oh yes, oh yes, this needs to go.”

Police expect to make more arrests as the investigation continues.

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