MILTON, Ga. - The Drug Enforcement Administration has arrested at least seven people in a six-county meth manufacturing operation.
The DEA confirmed that agents confiscated 300 pounds of meth at a bust in Milton. A witness said they saw massive police presence and environmental cleanup crew on the property.
The DEA busted a second location in DeKalb County where one man was arrested. Agents said they recovered 120 pounds of meth at a barn in Ellenwood. It's unclear where else agents uncovered operations.
Police said all 7 of the people arrested were from Mexico. It's unclear if they were in the United States legally.
Channel 2's Rikki Klaus was at the home in Milton, where agents said one of the homes could have blown up and may have to be condemned due to toxic waste. Klaus watched as crews disposed of liquid and crystal meth worth more than $1 million dollars.
Crews wore hazmat suits to stay safe. Agents say traffickers use diesel fuel and acetone to convert liquid meth into crystal meth.
"It can be extremely volatile, the chemicals they use," DEA Special Agent Chuvalo Truesdell said.
7 Mexicans arrested in connection with 6-county meth manufacturing operation, says DEA. Special agent said it’s unclear so far whether they are in this country legally. pic.twitter.com/1sRFwgGVjd— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlausWSB) February 9, 2019
NEW PICTURES: DEA agent show me inside of one of the manufacturing lab where the meth is air dried before it hit the street, 120 lbs, 4,000 wholesale value per lb, equal around $480k on the street at this location on Hearn St in Ellenwood, GA @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/nv0FI1fiIA— Brandon Lee Bryant (@bbryantWSB) February 9, 2019
Nearly 100 lbs of meth seized at this Milton, Ga home. pic.twitter.com/TViH8ARL2d— Mikey Fuller (@MFullerWSB2) February 9, 2019
More: DEA confirms active meth lab. 90-100 lbs of finished crystal meth found. 7 Mexican Nationals arrested. https://t.co/GOmi2odPFc— Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) February 9, 2019
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Klaus spoke to neighbors who were shocked that the drugs were found so close to home.
"That is an insane amount of drugs, right down the road too," Trevor Weatherby.
"The kids running everywhere, and it's not safe for them," mother Patricia Trambi said.
Truesdell said the home might have to be condemned.
"One pound of methamphetamine produces 5 pounds of toxic waste, so you're dealing with a whole different environmental issue," Truesdell said.
Local firefighters stood by during the investigation, just in case.
"We're here to make sure we're safeguarding the local community," a fireman said.
Agents say each pound of meth is worth $4,000 on the streets, so the bust took about $1.7 million -worth of drugs off the streets.
Klaus was in Doraville Saturday night, where at least one of the suspects was being held in jail. Other suspected drug traffickers were being held in Henry and Clayton county jails.
Agents have not released names or mug shots of the suspects.
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