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Sanitation workers stumble upon meth lab in Horn Lake

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HORN LAKE, MS (WMC-TV) - Wednesday began as a normal day for Horn Lake sanitation worker Robert 'Wayne' Jackson, when he and his men left on their usual pick-up route. But the day ended as something far different from the norm.

Along his route, Jackson said, he noticed smoke coming from behind a truck on Greenbrook Drive.

"I got out, walked back and looked, and what I saw was a Gatorade bottle with a Fix-A-Flat tube coming out," he said.

Jackson said the bottle would not stop steaming, so he called authorities. After they arrived at the scene, officers determined the bottle was used in the process of making meth. Authorities also seized lithium, fuel and liquid drain cleaners, in addition to three generators.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation officials later arrested Angela Bell, 22, charging her with methamphetamine precursors and child endangerment. Bell's son, 5, was with her at the time of her arrest, and was placed in the custody of Children's Services.

Spencer Shields, Director of Operations for Horn Lake's sanitation department, said he was proud of his workers.

"It gives us a very big sense of pride that our group watches what they do and follows what they are supposed to, protecting the neighborhood," he said.

Jackson said the find was a first in his 15 years as a sanitation worker, but he was happy to help.

"I'm just glad nobody else in the neighborhood got hurt, and they got it before anymore of an incident," he said.

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