Meth lab busted in West Memphis

A Mid-South neighborhood was shocked Wednesday to find that a family was cooking up meth with three small children in the house.

The bust happened in a West Memphis neighborhood, after police discovered an operating meth lab inside a garage.

"I'm very shocked," said neighbor Joyce Wyatt. "I've never heard of anything like this in this neighborhood."

West Memphis police arrested Jeffery Leverette and his wife Melinda.

"In this particular case, there were three children there, and that's terribly unfortunate for them to be subjected, not only to the clientele that draws to the house, but to the dangers of explosion that's in a garage directly behind the house," said West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert.

West Memphis Police confiscated items used in a meth lab from the home. Police said Jeffery Leverette cooked up about a ounce of meth a day, with a street value of nearly $1,000. Investigators said they had conducted video surveillance of the home, with cameras positioned to see who entered and left the home.

Meanwhile, neighbors had no clue.

"I had no idea anything like that was going on like that," said neighbor David Denton. "You see neighbors and wave to them and don't suspect a thing."

Police officials suspect the meth lab could be connected to one in Memphis discovered earlier this week. Paudert said it is not unusual to find a crossover from Memphis to West Memphis and back across the river.