Amber Michelle Pendley was charged with possession or transport of chemicals with intent to manufacture drugs, penalty group one.
The penalty group listed in the charge elevates it to a second degree felony. If convicted, Pendley could be sentenced to 20 years in a state prison and fined $10,000.
Detective Lt. Chris Bernal said officers became aware of what was going on in the house at 1105 N. Berry St. after they received a call of a fight in progress in that block shortly after 2 p.m.
Patrolman Chris Holler and Detective Greg Baron responded to the call, and Bernal arrived later.
Bernal said he started questioning Pendley and eventually asked her for permission to look around the house.
She consented and officers quickly discovered a number of items at the back of the residence that could be used to make methamphetamine.
Police Chief Joe Treviño said that included an ice chest with plastic tubing and some chemicals that police recognized because of the chemical’s use in making the drug.
Bernal said investigators with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are working with local narcotics agents in preparing the case against the suspect for the Bee County Grand Jury.
Detectives also said the chemicals used to make the drug are flammable or explosive and were potentially dangerous.
A special cleanup team had to be called from out of town to collect the evidence.
One of the investigators said those chemicals included acids, corrosive chemical base compounds and flammable liquids.
Baron said neighbors around the house were notified of the potential danger at the residence.
One of the investigators said the chemicals used to make methamphetamine are volatile and could damage the lungs if they are breathed.
Another investigator said he is not sure how long the lab had been in operation or how much methamphetamine had been made before officers discovered the operation.
He confirmed that investigators found that some of the drug had been completed and that another batch was being prepared.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5220, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.