Meth labs on the rise, showing up in unusual places

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Monday, July 21, 2014

Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) -- "It isn't the neighborhood, it's the people in the neighborhood," said Belinda Council who lives in the Harrisburg neighborhood.

Council's strolls on the streets of Harrisburg are now few and far between.

"I've moved from one side to the other one," she said.

Getting away from the bad, heading for what she thought was good but never realizing, it was following her and the one she loves the most.

"I got a granddaughter, and I don't want my baby around that kind of stuff, you never know what can happen," she said.

Just two blocks from her house, she would've never realized this could happen. An active meth lab in plain sight.

"You cannot beat the smells," said Matt Perkins with Richmond County Narcotics Division.

Perkins says he can smell trouble from a mile away. He got the call Sudnay night to Battle Row, a man allegedly cooking up meth in his backyard.

"They're definitely coming up in places that you wouldn't think that they would normally show up in," he said.

It's almost an everyday occurance for Perkins but he says it's not something that happens in just troubled areas.

"Come in, exchange money for dope, leave, and then they'll use it and they need more, they come back, so it's a constant drive-thru," he said.

Neighborhoods filled with kids, older folks. Belinda says, "You got this stuff going on and they're breathing in these chemicals."

She's holding her breath though, hoping the bad air will clear so her granddaughter can alittle breathe easier.

"If you want to put your own life in danger then you do that but you don't have the right to put nobody else's life in danger," said Council.