15 arrested as police bring down major meth ring

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Police confiscated a total of 2 ounces of meth. They say that's about the size of two golf balls, and it retails for roughly $4,000. They say they also confiscated several materials used to make the drug.

North Metro Drug Task Force says the dealers would to pharmacies around the metro area and buy legal amounts of boxed pseudoephedrine. They would then take it back to their labs.

Residents in Thornton watched from a distance Wednesday as police in hazardous materials suits carried materials from a neighbor's home.

A woman, who prefers to remain anonymous, said, "I never would have thought something like this would happen... I'm still in shock over this whole thing, being that it's so close to home. I mean, I have a child and it's just so scary."

Thornton-Northglenn SWAT officers executed a search warrant early Thursday at a house located at Aspen Drive near 90th Avenue. They arrested the two people living there: Perry Anderson and Michelle Hemphill.

This case is part of a larger take down involving two other meth labs. SWAT officers also went to a home in Denver, on South Johnson Street near South Kipling Street, and another to a home near Lone Tree in the 100 block of Diana Drive.

The North Metro Drug Task Force spent the day processing the meth lab in Thornton.

"We don't want to spill things on us. We don't want to breathe these nasty chemicals, so it requires a lot of safety: the gear, the suits, the breathing devices," Sgt. Jim Gerhardt said.

Police say the ringleader is Michael McCullar, who was arrested along with his girlfriend, Mary Voogt. They say McCullar faces more than 30 felony charges including kidnapping and robbery.

According to North Metro Drug Task Force, the arrests aren't over. They say they're looking for a total of 20 people associated with the bust.

"If I were someone being supplied by Michael McCullar or anybody he knew, I would be nervous tonight," Gerhardt said.

Police say there are around 20 children associated with the meth bust. North Metro says all cases were reported to social services.

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