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Police raid East Memphis meth lab

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Mark Wickenhauser, left, and Mark Gabriel, photos courtesy the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. Mark Wickenhauser, left, and Mark Gabriel, photos courtesy the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.
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(WMC-TV) – An East Memphis meth lab was busted, years after neighbors say they first started complaining about the nuisance.

It happened in the 4500 block of Helene, not far from the intersection of Quince and Perkins.

Two men were brought out of the house wrapped in plastic, considered "contaminated" by police and likely no longer causing problems in this neighborhood.

Lighter fluid and other chemicals used to make meth inside this house were brought outside Tuesday night, signaling the end of a neighborhood nuisance.

"I hope that house gets cleaned up and finally, after four bad, neighbors we get a good one," said neighbor June Derryberry.

Undercover officers served a warrant around 6:30 at 4585 Helene and found an active lab as well as finished crystal meth product inside.

Two people were arrested.

Police said they had the house under surveillance after numerous complaints from neighbors who said they knew something was illegal was going on based on the traffic in and out of the house, not to mention the smell

"Smelled like cat pee," said Diana Ray, who lives next door. She said one of the men from the suspected meth house once asked her to buy him Sudafed, a common ingredient in the drug.

Ray said the man told her he was addicted to Sudafed, not that he was cooking meth.

After years of complaining, neighbors are relieved their problem may be gone for good.

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