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Drug investigation leads to three arrests

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Police call it a significant drug investigation after a search warrant in a north Johnson County, KS, home uncovers much more than they expected.

Police spent hours Friday cleaning up what they found inside the duplex. Now three people are in custody.

Neighbors said the activity at the home in the 4200 block of Merriam Drive in Overland Park had really picked up over the last couple days, but the problems have been going on for months.

"We've been seeing people come and go, but we've also been seeing groups of people come out of the house stumbling around and a couple gals got in fights with cars," said neighbor Larry Lang. "Just really bizarre behavior. The one gal walked down the street here and passed out in the grass for a couple hours."

Lang has been watching the activity at the duplex for months out his office window.

"Cars and trucks would pull up and they would be there for a few minutes and go, and we'd see 20 cars an hour go in and out," he said.

Prairie Village Police say Friday's raid was the result of months of investigating between their department and Overland Park Police. Authorities are calling the bust significant and said they found large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin.

Almost immediately into the search of both sides of the duplex investigators had to stop and get out after chemicals and ingredients used to make meth were found inside.

It took hours for clandestine trained officers to safely remove the chemicals and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation sent an agent to assist.

Lang said what officials found inside doesn't surprise him.

"With the number of people coming and going and number of people wandering around high and confused we knew they had to at least be doing drugs," he said.

Lang said at times the odd behavior was so startling he would always check to see what was happening across the street before he headed home.

"I'd go to my truck at night and always was cautious to look up and see what was going on before I'd go out," he said.

Formal charges are expected Saturday.

KCTV5 spoke with officials and we'll bring you the latest on KCTV5 News at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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