Suspects in Pigeon Forge meth lab bust identified

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Officials in Pigeon Forge have released the names of the five people rounded up after police found a working methamphetamine not far from police headquarters.

Acting on a tip, authorities found the lab around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday night at a home on Pine Mountain Road.

They arrested four people who lived in house, Charles Hux, 26, Hohnny Ray Hicks, 33, Belinda Pauline Henderson, 47, and Cynthia Whaley, 27, as well as David Brian Burke, 24. All five were charged with Methamphetamine Production, while Whaley also faces charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Reckless Endangerment, and Child Endangerment. Police said her three year old child was on the scene and given into the custody of Children's Services.

However, beginning July 1, 2011, the Child Endangerment charge will be a felony rather than a misdemeanor. It's all part of the "I Hate Meth Act" that was signed by Gov. Bill Haslem. It's an effort to beat the meth problem in Tennessee.

Both Pigeon Forge Police and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force cleaned up the scene over the course of about six hours.


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  • by Kimball on Sep 23, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    Child needs to be placed with a family who can love and provide a better home.
  • by Terry on Jul 4, 2011 at 06:54 PM
    the family is working very hard to get this little boy back! the family lawyer said the state has no right to take him when he has a loving drug free family that loves and wants him! they WILL NOT GIVE UP UNTILL HE'S RETURNED HOME!
  • by J Location: pf on Jun 30, 2011 at 07:22 PM
    This child may be better off in state custody!I personaly know this family. I t is a sad situation.
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      by Terry on Jul 4, 2011 at 06:57 PM in reply to J
      IF you personal know this family you would know th child is loved and well taking care of! he belongs with his family!
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        by Gary on Sep 23, 2011 at 12:08 PM in reply to Terry
        A loving family does not allow their unemployed daughter to live in a trailer with Meth heads, Child needs to be put up for adoption. Very unremorseful bunch
  • by Tracy Location: East Tn on Jun 30, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    why can't the innocent kids be placed with loving drugfree family members? instead of with strangers who don't know or love these kids?
  • by tracy Location: Sevierville on Jun 30, 2011 at 09:24 AM
    what gets me is innocent children that have loving drugfree homes they could be placed in the state will place them in state's custody...why break the hearts of others in the family when the kid(S) could be with family who will love them and take care of them better then strangers??
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      by Dennise on Jun 30, 2011 at 02:12 PM in reply to tracy
      If there are other family members that did not know what was going on and are willing to take on the responsibility of a 3 yo child it most surey would be the right thing to do for the child or children involved. However, the state has to determine these facts before just handing over a child to a possible threat when they have obviously been subjected to abuse already. There are no easy answers for the children involved in these situations and the parents that put their children in these situations should pay severely.
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        by Ron on Jun 30, 2011 at 06:14 PM in reply to Dennise
        As I am th uncle to this child, I would love to have him as an addition to my famly. However, the local department of children services says that if you have had any indescrepencies in your past, you are unable to attain custody. I can't believe my own sister would subject herself or her son to such an environment. It is a shame she would destroy her entire life for such a vicious drug.
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        by Terry on Jul 4, 2011 at 06:59 PM in reply to Dennise
        it's the innocent children that suffer NOT the victims! people need to get their facts right before making comments of which they know nothing about!
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      by Terry on Jul 4, 2011 at 06:51 PM in reply to tracy
      the family is working very hard to get this little boy back where he belongs! the family lawyer said CPS had no right to tke this child away when he had family that is willing to take him..family that loves and wants him and they will not give up untill he's back home! NOTHING WILL STANIN THEIR WAY!!
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        by Kimball on Sep 23, 2011 at 12:12 PM in reply to Terry
        Terry, What are you talking about? You are unemployed, Your marriage is broken, You had several boyfriends, Cynthia is unemployed as well.
  • by tracy Location: Sevierville on Jun 30, 2011 at 09:23 AM
    what gets me is innocent children that have loving drugfree homes they could be placed in the state will place them in state's custody...why break the hearts of others in the family when the kid(S) could be with family who will love them and take care of them better then strangers??
  • by tracy Location: Sevierville on Jun 30, 2011 at 09:23 AM
    what gets me is innocent children that have loving drugfree homes they could be placed in the state will place them in state's custody...why break the hearts of others in the family when the kid(S) could be with family who will love them and take care of them better then strangers??
  • by tracy Location: Sevierville on Jun 30, 2011 at 09:23 AM
    what gets me is innocent children that have loving drugfree homes they could be placed in the state will place them in state's custody...why break the hearts of others in the family when the kid(S) could be with family who will love them and take care of them better then strangers??
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      by Kimball on Sep 23, 2011 at 12:13 PM in reply to tracy
      I hope this town can rid of the garbage
  • by Carol Location: Knoxville on Jun 30, 2011 at 06:23 AM
    I hope we get all these meth labs cleaned up so many children and adults are dieing from this mess. Not to mention how these people look that have taken that dope.

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