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Horn Lake Police bust meth lab, three children around drugs

By Lori Brown - bio | email

HORN LAKE, MS (WMC-TV) - Horn Lake police arrested two mothers who they say were putting their children in harms way in order to make meth.

Police arrested Julia Ann Riley, 35, her sister, Whitney Renee Cockrell, 24, and her boyfriend Gary Eugene Long Jr., 25. They are charged with operating a "shake and bake" meth lab.

"These shake and bake labs are very dangerous," Lt.. Scott Evans with the Horn Lake Police Department said. "It's all mixed in a bottle you've got this chemical reaction going on in this bottle, building pressure."

Riley had her three children over at this house on Susie Lane when police arrived with a search warrant.

"Just one wrong move, it can be like a hand grenade going off in your hand," Evans said.

"Considering I have a girlfriend who is pregnant who lives directly next door, it was off setting to say the least," Jacob Navarro, who lives next door said.

"If it blows up, directly next door is my child."

Officers found a seven-year-old sitting in a car in the driveway. Once he got out, the discovered meth underneath his car seat.

Three children were in the car with ages ranging from 7 to 13. Those children did not live at the house.

Police say Whitney Renee Cockrell lives at the house with her boyfriend Gary Eugene Long Jr. Cockrell's children were with their father at the time of the arrests.

"We all know kids put their fingers in their mouth and they touch everything and put their fingers in their mouths, and that can be the same as them ingesting it themselves," Evans said.

Investigators also found meth hidden under children's clothes inside a drawer in the home.

Evans says he's seen meth consume people's lives.

"I've seen it where they don't care about their kids, they'll give their kids away, they'll sell their kids."

Cockrell and Riley's children are with relatives. The Department of Human Services is making sure the children are safe.

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