A bomb squad from the Topeka Police Department sniffed around Saturday for explosives under a bridge west of Lecompton and found the makings of a methamphetamine lab, Douglas County Sheriff's Department officials say.
Authorities booked a 26-year-old Topeka man into the Douglas County Jail on Saturday on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. A 16-year-old Topeka boy also was arrested. Information about his initial charges was unavailable.
Undersheriff Kenny Massey, who heads the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit, said a passer-by thought a bomb had gone off under the bridge about 8:30 a.m. Saturday at East 150 and North 2100 roads.
"It came in this morning as a possible bomb," Massey said. "They determined it was an anhydrous ammonia meth laboratory. This is living proof that people are going out to the county to cook this stuff."
Members of the drug enforcement unit and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency also responded to the call, Massey said.
While agents were cleaning up the lab, two men drove up who matched the description officials had of the suspects.
"The suspects drive back by and have a mobile lab in their vehicle," Massey said.
A third suspect was still at large late Saturday, according to the sheriff's department.
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