Box Elder County Sheriff Bob Limb says a raid uncovered a drug laboratory and $600,000 worth of chemical used in making methamphetamines.

Limb said federal drug agents told him the raid was one of the largest of its kind they had witnessed.Police arrested a 51-year-old man at a Perry home Thursday. Limb said the man arrested was living in a quiet home nestled in an apple orchard just off U.S. 89.

The home is owned by retired school teacher Robert Wendell. Police said. Wendell is living in Arizona and authorities said they believe he knew nothing of the operation.

Police had not identified the arrested man, who purportedly gave officers several different names, but had booked him into Box Elder County Jail for investigation of possession of illegal drugs and manufacture of illegal drugs. Bail for his release was set at $100,000.

Formal charges were not expected until next week, say police, who are having tests conducted on all the chemicals found at the lab site.

Discovered at the home were 600 quarts of phenyl-2-propanone. Police also found $70,000 worth of chemical equipment and another $10,000 to $15,000 in equipment used to manufacture P-2-P.

Officers got a tip about four months ago and have been staking out the residence from a motor home parked at the Walker Cinema in Perry, police said.