5 children removed from mobile home with active meth lab

11:04 AM, May 24, 2012   |    comments
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Five people are behind bars and five children are in state custody, after a meth lab bust in Lenoir City Wednesday night.

According to investigators, the Ninth Judicial District Drug Task Force executed a search warrant around 8:00 pm at a mobile home on 2215 Highland Avenue, Lenoir City.

Drug agents found four shake bottles, coffee filters, muriatic acid, aluminum foil, lithium batteries, Red Devil lye, camp fuel, pseudoephedrine pills and other materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The home's owner, Gwendlyn Heiple, along with Melinda Towle, Patrick Norris, Brian Clark and James Richard Orr were all arrested and taken to the Loudon County Jail. They will each be charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Additional charges will include child endangerment, possession of Schedule II, IV and VI narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The children ranged in age from 2 to 8 years old.

"It is heart breaking to see children who are put in these situations. I am proud of the work everyone did to quickly extract those children from that environment," stated Russell Johnson, District Attorney General.


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