TRUMANN, AR (KAIT)- Crime scene tape marks the spot where police say three people were arrested at 1 p.m. Wednesday for making methamphetamine.
"We feel that it was for sale because you can see where they cooked the first batch and this is what they were packaging from that batch," said Trumann police chief, Larry Blagg.
Scott Booker, of El Dorado, and Amy Davis, also of El Dorado, along with James "Jimbo" Jackson, of Jonesboro are facing charges including manufacturing meth, intent to deliver, and posession of drug paraphernalia.
The rental home the three were living in at 504 Harrison is 70 feet away from a multi-family apartment complex and less than a couple hundred feet from a community center for youth.
"All that falls under enhancement so it could be an additional 30 years," said Blagg.
Blagg says it's a state statute that could lead to more jail time for the alleged offenders. He says under state law, an extra 10 years is added to the sentence of anyone caught making meth within a thousand feet of a church, park or community center.
To make matters even worse in this case, Blagg says, one of the suspects elderly parents was home at the time, hooked up to an oxygen tank, making for a potentially explosive situation.
The one-pot method of cooking meth is especially volatile, Blagg says.
"It's like putting a little bomb in your hand. You're just taking a chance of when it's going to explode by not releasing the pressure."
Blagg says he expects cases like this to pop up more frequently. Bad economic conditions, he says, usually means more people are willing to do whatever they can to make a quick buck.
"These people are looking for an excuse to get away with it and we know in these times people try to use that excuse and they pick this up, but we've picked our pace up."
Police say one of the men arrested has a brother who was charged with making meth a little more than a month ago. He was picked up by police at the same house.