Independence police Friday evening busted a methamphetamine lab inside the kitchen of a home on the 1700 block of South Willow Avenue.

Independence police Friday evening busted a methamphetamine lab inside the kitchen of a home on the 1700 block of South Willow Avenue.

Police took two men into custody for questioning. The men have not been charged as of Friday night.

What led to the bust started on Thursday when officers were going door-to-door, contacting neighbors who inquired about a security issue, according to IPD Sgt. Gary Tucker.

Officers got information that people who lived at house on Willow Avenue had outstanding warrants. The home is on the city’s northwest side.

The officers came back on Friday around 6 p.m. to search for the owners, and the men invited the officers inside, Tucker said.

“They detected the distinct odor of an actual meth lab,” Tucker said. “When you walked up to the front door, you can smell it. If you’ve been in one (meth lab), you know what the odor is. It’s distinct. There’s nothing else like it.”

The cops called for backup.

Investigators found the lab inside the kitchen.

The lab wasn’t cooking when investigators went inside, Tucker said. That’s probably because the suspects quickly shut down the lab when they found out police were at the front door, Tucker said.

The lab wasn’t going to produce a large quantity of meth. But it had been there for a long time, Tucker said.

“We found a lot of stuff that indicated they had been cooking for a while,” he said.

Police scoured the place for meth but it was unknown if they found any. However, Tucker said officers found marijuana in the refrigerator.

IPD contacted investigators with the program High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) with the Kansas City Police Department.

The lab crew came out to collect the lab. A different crew arrived to clean up the waste products of the lab, which are toxic.