How did meth makers access underground lab?

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — Authorities believe whoever was making meth below the parking lot at the Walmart in Amherst used a large culvert entrance to get there. It’s open and provides easy access to anyone who wants to walk underground.

Law enforcement in Amherst is still piecing through evidence that was gathered from a subterranean methamphetamine lab Monday afternoon.

The lab was located beneath a high traffic area at the Walmart in Amherst.

Law-enforcement collected plenty of evidence yesterday, including bottles and cans and various liquids.

While officials say they did not recover any actual meth, the process was well underway.

“What we determined yesterday from field testing was that there was actually no produced methamphetamine there,” said Amherst Capt. Scott Chamberlin. “But what we did have was the precursor to methamphetamine. The people that were involved in this operation were trying to make it. They just hadn’t succeeded yet.

“It could’ve been dangerous just because of the fumes that are generated from the process of making methamphetamine,” he said. “It could be dangerous if people breathe them in. The chemicals when they’re being mixed, have the potential to explode, so you could have explosions.”

Chamberlin also said police are looking at extensive video footage from surveillance cameras located on businesses along Sheridan Drive. As of Tuesday evening, there were no suspects. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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