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2 arrested after meth lab discovery

June 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two men were arrested after a raid of large methamphetamine lab in Bell. The lab was apparently operated on property owned by the city's mayor. Two children living inside the home were taken into protective custody.Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez said he rented the home in the 3800 block of Bell Avenue to a couple and their two young children. Hernandez said neither he or his family was involved and had no knowledge any illegal activity taking place inside the home.

"They surprised me," said Hernandez. "We don't see things like that in the city of Bell. Bell is a nice city."

The residence is part of a three unit property plot owned by Hernandez. The mayor's two children lived in the front home, a second home was vacant, and authorities said the back home fronted as the meth lab.

Investigators said the lab at home was a "superlab," capable of producing 20 pounds of methamphetamine at a time.

Hernandez said he had no previous problems with the family and they always paid rent on time. He also said the woman who lived in the home was eight months pregnant.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies only described the men who were arrested as two Mexican nationals.

Mayor Hernandez later said that the two men were released from custody and that the chemicals found in the alleged lab were used as tile and flooring materials. LA County Sheriff's deputies have not commented on whether or not the men were released.

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