(CNN) – As Walmart shoppers ran their errands, two first responders in full hazmat suits were lowered beneath the parking lot investigating a possible meth lab.
Amherst police tell us officers found the evidence in a culvert that runs below the parking lot off Sheridan Drive. They say it’s tall enough to stand up in and it was not secured, so anyone could access it.
The culvert was checked during a random preventative patrol. Members of the state police contaminated crime scene emergency response team passed up buckets of evidence.
Shoppers watched as it was reviewed right in the parking lot. Officials say there was no threat of air contamination or flammability.
The evidence was placed in white buckets for further tests by Amherst police. They also plan to look at Walmart surveillance video for clues.
Captain Chamberlin says they don’t know yet how long this was going on or who was doing it.
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