MAGNOLIA SPRINGS, Ala. (WALA) - A Magnolia Springs community watch group is taking action to put a stop to crime in their neighborhood, specifically, those manufacturing methamphetamine.
Residents in the small quiet, community of Magnolia Springs in Baldwin County said they usually don't expect much trouble. They said, however, since 2011, drug activity on Sherman Lane has been a problem.
Members of the watch group said alerting authorities of meth labs is the number thee one priority for the watch group.
"It was suspected that this type of activity was going on there," said Eric Winberg of the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.
In a community with over 15 children living near the most recent meth lab bust, neighbors said it is important to put a stop to the dangerous crime happening on their street.
"We depend a lot on the community at large to notify the sheriff's office when they hear or see anything suspicious in specific meth labs," said Winberg.
Neighbors said they had been telling deputies about suspicious activity around this home for weeks.
On Tuesday April 2, officials said authorities showed up with an arrest warrant for the owner of the property Jessica Devine. They said she was wanted for unlawful possession of a controlled substance and chemical endangerment of a child.
Officials said she now faces more charges, because authorities said they found a working meth lab at the home.
The sheriff's office told FOX10 News there were two other adults at the home when Devine was arrested but the other two got away.
Neighbors said they are concerned the suspects may come back.
"It's the fear of the unknown. You don't know who's back here," said one neighbor.
Residents said this type of activity has been happening for quite some time now, and they are ready for it to end.
One resident said it's now up to the authorities to do their end of the job.
"I want to see it gone. I don't want it there. I want to feel comfortable with my children playing in my front yard. I want my children to be able to ride around on their bicycles and not have to worry about a strange person running over them or a drug deal go bad. I want to feel safe living in my home," said the resident.
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