As part of National Police Week, councilman Mike Sobel, who chairs the public safety committee in Lansdale, commended Lansdale Police for its efforts in busting a meth lab on Blaine Street.
"We all look for vindication in our lives," Sobel said Wednesday night at the council meeting. "It's a personal thing with me with our police department. When I was elected to council and selected to be on the public safety committee, I met with the chief. We talked about a lot of things and the one thing was they needed some help over there."
Sobel said the council and administration stepped up and got the police the help that they needed in the department and also invested in some equipment for them.
"In honor of National Police Week, if everybody saw, and I hope you did, the bust of the meth lab on Blaine Street in Lansdale, our police should be congratulated for that," Sobel said. "There are some concentric circles of some more things being investigated because of that. But we got a very, very bad, illegal drug lab off the street."
Sobel also referenced the police department's huge marijuana bust last year behind The Pavilion Shopping Center.
"Last year, we got 200 pounds of grass off the street. That's the investment we made in this police department," Sobel said.
In the huge bust by numerous law enforcement agencies earlier this month, 32 people from Philadelphia and Montgomery counties were arrested for their alleged connections to the meth trafficking organization.
One of the arrestees, Francesco "Frank" Messina, of Hatfield Township, worked at Cosmo Motors on Blaine Street in Lansdale, one of the businesses searched by authorities.
"This is what they are doing for us," he continued. "They are doing what they are supposed to do and they should be applauded for that."