Burglary call leads to $2.5 million meth bust near Humble

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by KHOU.com staff & Tim Wetzel / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on April 23, 2013 at 6:22 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 10:49 AM

Drug bust near Humble

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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Several grocery bags full of methamphetamines with an estimated street value of $2.5 million were found in a home near Humble overnight.

The big find was all thanks to a burglary call next door in the 20100 block of Bolton Bridge Lane.

Harris County Pct. 4 Deputy Constables said while looking at the home where the burglary call was made, they saw the back door to the neighboring home was open. They were able to look inside and could see the drugs, officials said.

Inside the home, authorities said they found a meth processing facility. It appeared some of the drugs were prepped at another location before being fully processed using equipment in the home.

Neighbors said they’ve smelled a foul odor coming from the house for months.

"Yeah, it smells really bad man," Diego Umanzor said. "It smelled kinda like fish… mixed with other chemicals."

Ninety-year-old Thomas Garson lives down the street. He served in World War II and just wants to live out his retirement in peace.

"Make me mad," Garson said. "Well, I don’t believe in people getting doped up."

Constables said the people who run the meth operation may have seen officers and fled, leaving the door open. The suspects were never located.

Investigators said the home may be one of many stops in a massive drug ring based out of Mexico.

It looks like any other house from the outside, but there’s no furniture or appliances inside.

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