MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - There are more than 3,000 homes in the Sea Isle Park neighborhood of east Memphis. Residents say when they found out meth was being cooked inside of the homes, they weren't surprised.
Tim Cook is the president of the Sea Isle Park Neighborhood Association. He's also a retired Memphis police officer. Cook says just because he wasn't surprised meth was being made in his neighborhood doesn't mean it didn't anger him.
"These meth labs move from neighborhood to neighborhood, to neighborhood," he said. "It upsets me to have a meth lab in the neighborhood."
33-year-old John Snipes and 18-year-old Ashley Waddell were arrested at this home at 1485 Sea Isle. They're charged with possessing and manufacturing meth and with possession of marijuana.
Cook says people making meth in the neighborhood is something new. According to Cook, in the last 30 days there have been 30 crimes committed in the neighborhood.
"Our crimes have been breaking into cars," he said, but the meth bust was the first.
Cook says he's not worried about more meth houses being found in the area. Neither is he worried about any danger Thursday's meth bust may pose.
"Our fire department and organized crime do a good job once they find out one has been established in a neighborhood," said Cook. "They close in real fast, they shut it down and start making sure chemicals are separated and safe for the residents."