PENDLETON - Police on patrol Monday found two alleged methamphetamine labs, both housed in camp trailers.
No one had been arrested by this morning, but Det. Rick Jackson said police have suspects and "it's just a matter of finding them."
According to police reports, an officer discovered a large meth lab in a camp trailer behind a residence in the 500 block of Southwest 20th Street at around 2:20 p.m. Monday. At around 4:45 p.m., another officer found a second lab in another camp trailer several blocks away, in the 1900 block of Southwest Goodwin Avenue.
Jackson said the lab on Southwest 20th Street was a "big lab" and had been active within the last 72 hours.
The second lab on Southwest Goodwin Avenue had not been active recently, but "everything was there to make meth," said Jackson, a certified lab site safety officer for the department who has worked with the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team.
Police believe the two labs are connected, Jackson said, noting alleged suspects are known to the department from previous criminal acts.
If arrested, the suspects face potential charges of possession of a controlled substance and manufacture of a controlled substance for meth as well as possession of precursor substances, Jackson said.
Cleanup crews responded shortly after police found the labs, and cleanup was finished by early this morning.