Four busted for meth in Knox County home

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The Knox County Sheriff’s Office took four people into custody following a North Knox County meth lab bust Monday.

The KCSO Narcotics Unit responded to 5509 Scenicwood Road around 4:06 p.m. on Monday to search for a meth lab. When officers got inside, they smelled a strong chemical odor coming from within the house and found equipment and components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, as well as methamphetamine residue.

Officers also found an active meth lab in a car. Seven one-pot (shake and bake) meth labs, seven generators/gassers, and one firearm were confiscated.

The four were arrested without incident on the scene.

26-year-old Leslie Mendez is charged with promotion of methamphetamine and is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $4,000 bond.

47-year-old Tammy Mercer is charged with promotion of methamphetamine is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $4,000 bond.

18-year-old Emily Steinbach is charged with promotion of methamphetamine and is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $4,000 bond.

25-year-old Johnathan Thompson is charged with promotion of methamphetamine, initiation of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Three children were taken by ambulance to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital to be tested for exposure to methamphetamine.


Emily Steinbach
Johnathan Thompson
Tammy Mercer


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