Deputies arrest man after finding 14 "one pot" meth labs in his home

By: Hilary Magacs Email
By: Hilary Magacs Email

ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Joshua Ridenour's home on Park Lane in Andersonville is now quarantined with signs warning people of meth labs found inside. It's not sitting well with Cordell Holbrook, who lives just up the road.

"Well, I think that's pretty bad so close to my house, you know. I've got kids and you know, drugs and alcohol are bad," said Holbrook.

Deputies went to Ridenour's home to arrest him for violating his probation and contempt of court. They said Ridenour let them in when they knocked, and they saw things like coffee filters, Coleman fuel, rock salt and batteries in his kitchen. Then they said they found 14 "one pot" meth labs - with two of them still cooking.

"It kind of surprised me because we've not ever been in a situation like that . So it just kind of surprised me that somebody would do that right here close to our home," said Doyle Gibson, a neighbor.

Deputies said Ridenour told them all of the meth making materials were his and that he often makes and uses meth in his home. He now faces several meth-related charges.

Neighbors said they're glad deputies found the meth labs because they could have exploded. They said the area is usually pretty quiet, and they're hopeful this isn't a sign that things are changing.

Ridenour is in jail under a $50,000 bond.

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