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Meth dump site found underneath house; largest in county history

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Mike Lamia, News Channel 11 Mike Lamia, News Channel 11

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office just released a statement on the meth dump site found Tuesday afternoon in the Hickory Tree Community of Sullivan County.

Here's the full news release:

"On 6/4/13 the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a homeowner in the 500 block of Ryder Church Road in Bluff City. The caller stated that they had just located more than 30 trash bags in the crawl space of a home that they believed contained potentially hazardous materials.

Vice and Narcotics Officers responded to the scene and confirmed the trash bags contained a variety of meth waste.

The homeowners stated the house had been vacant for the last couple of years. They told officers they inherited the house from a deceased relative who had had been in the process of building the home at the time of his death. The owners only recently returned to the area and were in the process of working on the home when they found the dump site.

During the investigation Vice and Narcotics Detectives discovered more than 100 “one pot” cook bottles, nine of which were still active. In addition a number of other items used in the meth making process were located including more than 50 gas generator bottles and over 2,000 blister packs that once contained pseudoephedrine. The dumpsite is the largest ever discovered in Sullivan County.

The investigation is ongoing at this time. If anyone has information concerning the suspect(s) responsible they are asked to contact the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. Tips can also be submitted anonymously on our website, www.scsotn.com.


The SCSO was assisted by the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force, 2nd Judicial Drug Task Force, Bristol, Tennessee Vice Detectives, Hickory Tree Volunteer Fire Department, East Sullivan Volunteer Fire Department and  421 Area Emergency Services Volunteer Fire Department."




A home under construction for several years is the site of what the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office calls possibly the largest meth dump ever found in the county.

The toxic materials were discovered in the crawl space under 571 Ryder Church Road in the Hickory Tree Community near Bluff City.

The owner of home died, and relatives who've taken ownership of the vacated property made the discovery Tuesday afternoon.

According to a Sheriff's department spokesperson, the owners of the property found 37 trash bags full of meth waste.   They called the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office which sent detectives who quickly realized it was a very large meth dump, the largest in county history.

Investigators found more than 100 of the so-called "one pot" meth labs in addition to many other types of meth waste.  Nine of the "one pot" labs were active meaning they had active liquid ingredients making meth at the time of the find.

"We believe people are bringing their meth waste to the site and leaving it there," said Leslie Earhart, SCSO spokesperson.

No arrests have been made.

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