Six people are facing charges after authorities say they discovered a working meth lab in Grainger County.
It happened around 6 p.m. Friday on Mullins School Road in Bean Station.
A tip to Bean Station police led Grainger County deputies to the property, where they smelled the odor of the lab, according to a release from Sheriff Scott Layel.
As officers arrived, they saw six people leaving a nearby wooded area, which they searched with the property owner's consent.
They discovered an active meth lab along with several components used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to the release.
Officers on the scene contacted the Tennessee Meth Task Force to help dismantle the lab and transport the hazardous waste.
The six suspects were transported to the Grainger County jail, where they are being held on $50,000 bonds. They're set to appear in court on Aug. 31.
"Our investigation determined that several of these defendants were big-time players in the meth and drug-dealing operations in Grainger County, and it is a significant blow to the drug culture and a tremendous step forward for the citizens of Grainger County to have these individuals behind bars where they deserve to be for a long time," the sheriff said.
The following suspects are all charged with felony manufacturing of methamphetamine:
Trevor Webster, 21, of Bean Station
Stephen Sanders, 39, of Bean Station
Rhonda Luttrell, 28, of Bean Station
Dorenda Whitt, 48, of Bean Station, who lived at the residence where the arrests occurred
Ronald Munsey, 41, of Washburn
Randy Munsey, 37, of Washburn, who also had active warrants out of Grainger County and Hamblen County