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The City-County Special Investigations Unit on Thursday morning raided a West End home suspected of being a methamphetamine lab.

Billings Police Sgt. Brian Korell said a search warrant was executed with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Agency at 606 17th St. W. at about 7 a.m.

Officers found a small meth-cooking operation in the home. Equipment in the home was not cooking meth at the time of the raid, but it was an active lab that had been used in the past few days, Korell said.

"Per cook, it probably produces several grams (of meth) at a time," Korell said.

A 56-year-old Billings man and his wife, who live at the home, are suspected of running the lab. No arrests have been made and neither person was in custody as of 4 p.m. Korell said charges will be filed, pending further investigation. The couple could face state or federal charges, depending on the investigation.

Law enforcement received information of "an active meth lab" run by the couple, Korell said, but a search warrant could not be obtained until Wednesday.

They had recently moved from another home to the one on 17th, Korell said, and are long-time Billings residents.

A cleanup team was called in from Idaho - it arrived Thursday afternoon - to remove the hazardous materials from home.

CCSIU is made up of members of local law enforcement agencies. Korell said that, counting DEA agents, nine officers assisted in serving the warrant.

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