LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (WVLT) The Loudon County Sheriff's Office arrested four people after finding a meth lab with 13 pots for cooking inside a Loudon County home Sunday morning.
According to Assistant Chief Deputy Jimmy Davis, a warrant for probation violation was being served on the home when it was determined there was drug paraphernalia inside the house. A total of seven narcotic technicians responded to the home to clean it out. Hazmat and fire crews were also called out to help keep it contained.
Davis said that one "pot" or "lab" meant one container that is used to cook methamphetamine. They found 13 in the home.
Neighbors of the home at 309 Abbott Road said they were extremely happy that the home was found and cleaned out. One woman who didn't want to be identified said she was constantly worried the house might blow up and also destroy her own home.
Another neighbor from across the street, Sondra Langley, said she always knew something was going on because there were always cars coming and going.
"And young people running in and, I mean, there was not even a minute in between vehicles," Langley said. "I've lived here since 2001 and this has been nothing but trouble," Langley said about the home.
The house was quarantined due to chemical hazards from the drugs. Signs are still hanging on the doors, warning people not to get too close.
Close family friend, Anthony Layne was at the home Monday evening to gather some belongings. He had spent several years helping the elderly woman who owned the home keep it clean and do repair work for her. Layne also dated the elderly woman's daughter at one time, one of the suspects arrested.
"I don't know what made her switch from the sweet, innocent, kind, loving, sharing young lady that she was to this drug addicted, worthless, selfish person," Lanye said.
Langley and several other neighbors said they were writing a petition to the county government, requesting that the house be torn down so they can forget about what happened there. Several added they would like to take some of the first swings with a hammer at the home if the petition is accepted.
The Loudon County Sheriff's Office has not officially charged the four suspects at this time, therefore no names have been released.