A Huntington man is behind bars after authorities say he was caught with a large meth lab at a home he broke into.
According to Angelina County Precinct 3 Constable Chad Wilson, a homeowner contacted Wilson stating her home had possibly been broken into. Wilson and a Huntington police officer went to the home on Leisure Lane and begin to search the home.
"There's been so much traffic at that house throughout the night and throughout the day," said Waylon Moore, a resident in the neighborhood.
Wilson said one of the bedroom doors was locked from the inside. Wilson said he and the other officer forced their way into the room and found 26 year-old Zackary Kessler.
"While taking Kessler into custody officers noticed what was believed to be an active methamphetamine lab in the bedroom of the home," Wilson said in a press release.
HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - "It's not good. If anybody is close by they could get killed by it, and when it does blow up there's all that floating around," Moore said.
"Special agents from the Methamphetamine Initiative Unit with the Texas Department of Public Safety were contacted to identify, process and dismantle the lab on site.
"I really don't want my babies around that kind of stuff," Moore said.
Officers confirmed that the components in the home were in fact an active drug lab. Approximately 1035 grams of methamphetamine were seized from the home along with several other chemicals including approximately 4 lbs of red phosphorus and over 937 grams of ephedrine, which are commonly used to produce and manufacture methamphetamine."
"We get up and looked, and it's across the street. I'm like, what in the world is going on over there?" Moore said.
Kessler was charged with Possession or transport of certain chemicals with intent to manufacture controlled substance. Wilson said a stolen vehicle was also found on the property which had been taken the night before in a separate incident in the county. The vehicle was recovered and taken to the Angelina County Sheriff's Department for processing & return to the owner.
"This was an extremely large lab that was being used to produce a huge amount of methamphetamine in the county," Wilson said.
As of 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, Kessler's bond has not been set yet.