Crimetracker: Sheriff: Meth lab found on porch of Hawkins Co. home

BULLS GAP, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A tip about a possible meth lab at home in Hawkins Co. leads to the arrest of two people after officers find one sitting right out on the front porch, according to the Hawkins Co. Sheriff's Office.

Donald Rife and Jessica Daniels each face charges of Initiating the Process of Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Dwelling weher Narcotics are Housed, Sold, or Manufactured. Rife also faces a lone count of Possession of a Firearm while in commission of a Dangerous Drug Felony.

After learning there may be a meth lab at Rife and Daniels' home on Wednesday, officers with the Hawkins Co. Sheriff's Narcotics Unit went to the home. There, they found Rife and while talking to him they noticed the bucket on the porch.

Authorities said the bucket contained a homemade hydrochloric acid generator, sulfuric acid, a mason jar containing what was later determined to be a flammable liquid, and a one-pot meth lab, which had been composed inside of a plastic Gatorade bottle. Inside the home, they found even more items needed to make meth as well as a loaded 22-caliber rifle.

Rife was placed under arrest. Shortly thereafter, officers found Daniels, his live-in girlfriend. They determined she knew he was cooking meth with stuff she had purchased and arrested her.

Both of them are still being held at Hawkins Co. Jail on $75,000 bond.


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