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Geneseo Meth Bust Unnerves Neighbors

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UPDATE: The case against Alexis Wyffels has been dropped.

ORIGINAL: Police have arrested two people allegedly involved in making methamphetamine.

Thursday night officers searched the home of 52 year old Paula Blunk.

She was arrested for 'use of residence for the unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine.'

Friday, Alexis Wyffels was arrested in connection with the search.

A nationwide warrant is out for a third person, 23 year old Jefferey Blunk.

He is wanted for participating in meth manufacturing and possession.

Police say Blunk has shaved his head.

Neighbors never expected something like this to happen down the block.

They heard a loud bang, came outside, and saw dozens of police officers searching the home in the 500 block of Park Street.

Officers found a one pot meth lab inside after a months long investigation.

Police says these small labs can pop up anywhere, with no sign they're there.

"First of all it was hearing the loud noise, I thought someone had hit my husband's car but when we came out we saw all the police," says Park Street Neighbor Brenda Johnson.

She has lived down the street from the house for over a decade. She never saw anything suspicious and never had a reason to.

"They've been there a long time too, we weren't real close or anything, I've seen their kids grow up with my kids," says Johnson.

Police recovered a small amount of finished meth as well as equipment to make the drug. Providing little comfort to Johnson.

"That's so dangerous, it can cause explosions or fire, you know we've got little kids and grand kids in the neighborhood."

Geneseo Police Chief Tom Piotrowski says these smaller operations can show up in a variety of places.

"Can pop up in any location, can be a small room, a house, no outward signs other than maybe suspicious activity, some type of odor."

There were so few outward signs, a neighbor across the street only saw the home as empty.

"It's a quiet neighborhood, I used to live in Cambridge and living in Geneseo you don't think anything like that would ever happen," says Taylor Gradert.

She says the meth bust scares her. It doesn't belong within city limits and she's changing her behavior.

"It's a pretty safe little neighborhood until hearing about that, now we're locking the doors, locking the windows."

Hoping the neighborhood goes back to being quiet, once the state cleans up the mess.

Police have issued a nationwide arrest warrant for Jefferey Blunk.

Geneseo's chief says Blunk is dangerous, although he doesn't believe he's armed.

If you have any information on his location, you're asked to call your local police.

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