A recent crime in Pelham highlights a new challenge for law enforcement.
Earlier this week, four Pelham officers and a K-9 had to be treated for chemical inhalation after they walked in on an active meth lab at Oak Mountain Lodge.
Officials say this is not that uncommon of an occurance. They say dealers will pick hotels and motels to manufacture drugs and they don't care who they put in danger.
"Generally when they check out, they are not too concerned about it because they're down the highway and chances of getting caught are slim," Lt. Kevin Turner with the Shelby County Drug Task Force said.
Turner says meth can give off a toxic gas and if it's mixed incorrectly, it can explode.
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