Couple busted for running meth lab 30 feet from day care

Preston Keller and Darla Keller have been arrested for running a meth lab out of their garage.
Preston Keller and Darla Keller have been arrested for running a meth lab out of their garage.

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A Piedmont couple has been arrested for running a meth lab out of their garage only 30 feet away from a local day care. At around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Piedmont police raided the home of 28-year old Preston and 30-year-old Darla Keller. Inside the detached garage, police discovered a small shake-and-bake meth making operation. No meth was found, but the Calhoun County drug task force was called in to identify and take care of the meth-making materials found in the garage. Police arrested the Kellers for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance.

The Kellers' house on Sterling Street is next door to Wee Kare Daycare. Amber Kliest told Fox 6 that when she came to pick up her 2-year-old daughter, she was shocked to hear about the arrest. She and many of the neighbors say they're thankful the police acted when they did.

Someone in the neighborhood reported an unusual amount of activity at the couple's house, which led to the bust. Neighbors also told Fox 6 that the Kellers had not lived in the neighborhood for very long.

The Kellers are being held at the Piedmont Police Department and will be transported to the Calhoun County jail within 24 hours, said Piedmont Chief of Police Steven Tidwill. As of now, no bond has been set for either defendant.

Piedmont animal control came by the house to pick up the couple's four dogs who were left unattended after the arrest.

Watch the 5 p.m. news to see Fox 6 reporter Alan Collins live at our East Alabama Bureau with more on this story.