Three arrested in meth lab bust at Memphis apartment complex

Amber Watkins yelled at officers as she was arrested.
Amber Watkins yelled at officers as she was arrested.

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - It's a familiar sight these days: the skull logo of the Tennessee Meth Task Force arriving to clean up yet another meth lab.
Early Friday morning, the task force showed up at the Edge Water Apartments, located near Raleigh LaGrange and Sycamore View in Memphis.  Officers arrived after they were tipped off about an active meth lab inside a unit at the apartment complex.

Police arrested Andrew Keel, Anthony Keel and Amber Watkins, charging them with initiating the manufacture of Meth and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Watkins, officials said, is pregnant, and just weeks away from giving birth.

"Get the hell off me," she yelled at. "I'm pregnant!"

The pregnant woman's arrest was particularly shocking to Sheena Jones, who is lives upstairs from the suspects, along with her eight-month-old baby, Cassidy.

"I think our society is crazy," Jones said. "I mean, she's pregnant. We have a baby, and it just shows that people don't care about other people at all."

And while the immediate danger of meth making has been quarantined, Jones and her grandmother wonder if the fumes will have long term effects on Cassidy.  

"She's been just sleeping, sleeping, sleeping, you know, and we were wondering if that could be one of the problems," Jones said.

Problems possibly neighbors who haven't lived here long.  

"Everything was kind of strange, but you know we really didn't know what was going on," Jones said.  "One of the guys wore gloves - leather gloves - all the time, and I'm going, 'It's 80 degrees.'"

Jones noticed strange smell, and was about to call police, but someone else beat her to it.

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