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Playtime interrupted when meth is found near play area

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Parents closely watched their children's game of tag around the 1000 building of Huntington's Marcum Terrace.

During the last game of tag on Wednesday afternoon, police found ingredients and tools for making methamphetamine on the back porch of an apartment here.

"They found a bottle with a thing sticking out of it," says neighbor, Becky Misner.

According to the police report, the woman who lives here tells police that someone had been throwing garbage on her porch.

Police took a closer look, and found that it was a mobile meth lab.

There are playgrounds throughout the sprawling Marcum Terrace, but energetic children have turned the entire housing project into their playground.

"We like to play with our friends, and we like dinosaurs," says four-year-old Lilly, as she runs right by the porch that was a crime scene the day before.

Children are at play here all the time, so when this meth lab was found, play time was over.

"Right after that, I brought them out front, and that's when I heard that the cops were there, and they found it all out back," says concerned neighbor and mother of two, Carla Crabtree. "I was a little bit nervous, because my kids were just out there with it, you know?"

"Why do you need to go and make chemicals like that?" says neighbor, Gladys Jude. "I think it's very disrespectful to the neighborhood."

It's also extremely dangerous.

The risks involved in a game of tag have suddenly become greater than skinning a knee or getting tagged.

Police have not yet made any arrests in connection to the case.

We are not disclosing the name of the woman who lives in the apartment, as she has not been charged.