WAUKESHA COUNTY (WITI) — Meth, marijuana, heroin and prescription pills. That’s what Waukesha County drug officials say they found in a Town of Lisbon home! And that’s not all! Deputies say the suburban home on a quiet cul de sac housed a meth lab that put the entire community at risk.
A criminal complaint says 28-year-old Dale Saugstad was cooking meth in the Town of Lisbon home.
Police say Saugstad told them he had been making it for about six months.
He disposed of the waste from the meth lab in the yard — and his two young children were living with him in the home recently — according to police.
Neighbors can’t believe it.
“The SWAT guy was with his guard dog — standing right by our deck here. That kind of shocked us a little bit. The cops have been here a lot of times…with drugs,” neighbor Bill Scheuerell said.
The head of the Waukesha County Metro Drug Enforcement Unit didn’t want to talk with FOX6 News on camera due to the job he is working on — but he did say this is the first meth lab to be discovered in Waukesha County in quite some time — and he talked about the danger it posed to the entire neighborhood.
“We found what we were looking for. Essentially, it was a one-pot system. Given the fact there were different chemicals like ammonia, it’s dangerous. There’s definitely a hazard. If it’s active at the time, it could damage the residence. Obviously, anyone in the area — it’s a hazard, especially with small children,” Frank McElderry, the Commander of the Waukesha County Metro Drug Enforcement Unit said.
Investigators say they found other drugs in the home — including marijuana, heroin and lots of pills.
The criminal complaint against him says Saugstad admitted to being on heroin himself.
“Addiction, especially when it comes to heroin — it becomes a psychological and physical need to feed and they got to keep taking drugs to get them high,” McElderry said.
The complaint says at the end of his interview with police, Saugstad stood up and told investigators what he had in his pants.
They discovered a heroin kit, empty syringe wrappers, a metal cooker, heroin, a used syringe, and three new syringes.
But it’s the meth lab found inside the home that has neighbors on edge.