Neighbors React To Meth Bust In Fairbury

By: Nick Starling Email
By: Nick Starling Email


Fairbury, Neb. -- After a month long investigation Fairbury police arrested David Stenson for cooking and distributing meth, residents in the neighborhood where Stenson lived are shocked about the meth bust.

"It's really kind of a frightening thing because I did read somewhere where he had something cooking so I'm thinking you know the whole neighborhood could have exploded," said neighbor Thelma Bartles.

"I was very shocked mainly due to the fact that I knew him and he was a very nice guy," said neighbor Kelsey Hill.

This is the latest meth bust in the town since 2002.

"It was just a shock because it just doesn't seem like that's the type of person you would be looking at," said Bartles.

"A lot of people think that it's just your low end, low income people that are doing it but it's all kinds," said Fairbury Chief of Police Chad Sprunk.

"He kind of kept to himself a lot but if you saw him walking down the street he'd be like 'hey how are you doing,'" said Hill.

On the door of Stenson's house there's orange signs warning people to not go inside because of the harmful materials that may still be inside.

"Meth labs, it's very highly combustible chemicals, if they're mixed wrong they can blow up," said Sprunk.

"If that would have blown up it's close enough to the oil tanks that they whole neighborhood could have gone up," said Hill.

Spunk told 10/11 News they found 70 gas generators when they searched Stenson's home.

Stenson's bond is set at 10-percent of $250,000. Police say they are also looking for other people related to this meth bust.

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