Wednesday in Oak Ridge, officers with the Seventh Judicial District Crime Task Force serving a warrant discovered what officials called an active meth lab inside an apartment on Tusculum Drive. Two residents of Apartment C at 197 Tusculum were decontaminated at the scene and taken into custody and a third person was arrested on unrelated charges following a search of a vehicle parked in front of the residence.
In addition to the active lab, authorities say they also discovered finished meth but did not specify how much of the illegal drug was recovered.
The Task Force had reportedly been investigating reports of drug trafficking at the residence when they served the warrant and found the lab Wednesday evening. The Task Force is comprised of deputies from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department along with officers from the Clinton, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs and Rocky Top police departments.
The residents of the home, who were not immediately identified, are facing several charges related to the production and distribution of meth and could face enhanced charges due to the apartment’s proximity to a day care center.
The apartment will likely be quarantined due to the toxic residue left over from the cooking of meth, but the other apartments in the building will not be, due to firewalls and a lack of shared of attic space that kept the contamination from spreading.