The Pryor Times

November 12, 2013

Meth labs spark trailer park turn-around

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Green Country Mobile Home Park, Pryor, was the site of two methamphetamine lab busts Tuesday. The park's general manager Cheryl Hedgpath said she is disappointed the labs were there, but glad to see them gone.

“The first lab was found after the trailer park purchased a trailer from a resident. Neighbors reported seeing the old owner coming and going. So management went to change the locks and found a suspicious bottle which was the remnants of a meth lab,” said Pryor Police Detective Kevin Lanham.

“There was a plastic bucket of water, a liter bottle of bubbling liquid and white settlement,” said Hedgpath.

“There was also a backpack with syringes. The officers neutralized the lab and did some field testing,” said Hedgpath.

“The staff checked on another vacant trailer and found the same thing there, about 45 minutes after the first,” said Lanham.

Officers located a second meth lab at a nearby trailer. Bottles, plastic tubing, a spoon and lighter, needles and syringes were present in the trailer. The second lab was practically in the backyard of the first.

Officers removed purified water, paint stripper and dozens of small bottles with plastic tubing from the residence.

Lanham said officers Chuck Ward and James Willyard cleaned up the labs. No arrests have been made, according to Lanham, but the investigation is on-going.

“It upsets me they were here, but pleases me we were able to get it cleaned up. I've been working closely with law enforcement because we want this place to be a destination, not a last resort,” said Hedgpath, who has been the general manager for six months. “I want this to be a safe place to live.”

Hedgpath, along with the park owners, have launched efforts to clean the place up.

“This last summer, the youth groups from Your Place Church and Northstar Church came out and helped with some clean up and we have another clean-up day soon,” said Hedgpath, who would like to get some help for her low-income and limited ability residents before snow falls.

“I have a lot of really good people who live here. I don't believe in helping lazy people, I believe in helping people that deserve it. For the ones who are trying,  I think they deserve some help,” she said.

The park requires tenants sign a crime free lease agreement stipulating they will not participate in any drug related activity.

“Also, anyone moving in is subject to a background check. If they are here without one, they are invited to leave. Any tenant who has someone living with them without a background check does so at the risk of jeopardizing their own lease agreement,” said Hedgpath, who has recently seen two sex offenders removed from the park.

Hedgpath said this is the beginning of a turn-around.