LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Local police and a state meth suppression team joined forces Monday afternoon to investigate an apparently abandoned meth lab. Three kids now sit in the care of the Department of Child Services.
According to the Lafayette Police Department (LPD), a report came in around 2 p.m. on a possible meth lab at 1726 Charles Street.
When officers arrived, they say they found what appeared to be remnants of a meth lab along with precursors to make meth in the basement of the home.
The Indiana State Police (ISP) meth suppression team arrived on the scene just before 4:20 p.m. Monday to join the investigation.
Three adults and three children were found inside the home. The children were turned over to the Department of Child Services (DCS).
Neighbors tell WLFI there were people constantly going in and out of the home.
"I just think it's really sad," neighbor Mary Richardson said. "It puts us all at risk. I know it makes our home value go down, but really when it comes to life, that really does make a difference."
Each of the three adults are in police custody. Arrested were: 25-year-old Jamie L. Balbaky, 25-year-old Khalid S. D. Balbaky and 23-year-old Jose L. Reveles, all of Lafayette.
Both Jamie and Khalid Balbaky were booked on multiple preliminary charges including possession of precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and neglect of a dependent. Reveles was arrested for visiting a common nuisance.
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