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Rolling meth lab busted outside Memphis school

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Police busted a rolling meth lab Thursday morning in front of a Memphis school.  The lab was discovered inside a car parked in front of Treadwell Elementary School shortly after 8:00 a.m.

Investigators said the car was stopped in front of Treadwell, but had no connection with the school.  According to witnesses, the incident started when the car pulled over in front of the school.  When someone called police because it looked suspicious, officers arrived to find the car's driver incoherent.

Then, officers started checking out her car.  What happened next shocked Michael Murphy, who lives nearby.

"They kept going to the trunk like there was something in there that they didn't want to touch," Murphy said. "They started putting on gloves and they started isolating things off and I said, Maybe it's a rolling meth lab."

Lt. Mike Shearin of the Memphis Police Department's Organized Crime Unit confirmed the presence of meth.

"There are signs of at least three meth labs," he said. "She's been cooking at least three meth labs recently. The trash from that was found inside the vehicle.

Police said the car's driver had a 5-year old girl with her at the time. A paramedic took the girl to the hospital to be checked out.

"The child was taken to Le Bonheur, where she was decontaminated, and we are waiting for DCS to make the scene over there with us," Shearin said.

Police said the child would likely be taken into protective custody.  Meanwhile, the woman driving the car faces a number of drug charges, as well as charges of child endangerment.

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