CARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Around 11:00 Thursday night, Caryville Police officers got a call about a possible Meth lab at the Super 8 Motel in room 130.
When officers knocked on the door David Rector answered. Officers immediately smelled noxious fumes coming from the hotel room. When officers placed Rector under arrest they saw in plain view components that appeared to be a meth lab.
Immediately they called Assistant Chief Stephanie Smith with Caryville Police Department who is a certified Site Safety Officer with the Meth Task Force.
While awaiting for her to arrive Officer Mike Caudill was told by Rector that a woman occupied the room as well. When Officer Caudill relayed that information to Officer Kidwell and Officer Johnson they lifted the mattress from the bed and underneath the bed was Tonya Lawson along with another meth lab and finished product of methamphetamine.
There were baggies found in the room, aluminum foil, and spoons found as well. Lawson was immediately arrested.
Asst. Chief Smith arrived on scene and while assessing the scene Officers conducted a walk through of the wooded area adjoining the property. She says she found too many labs to count and Asst. Chief Smith needed immediate assistance and called Campbell County EMA, Caryville Fire Department, Jacksboro Fire Department, Jacksboro Police Department, Chief Johnny Jones of Caryville Police Department, and 8th Judicial Drug Task Force.
Because of the noxious fumes spilling from the room, all adjoining rooms were evacuated, and the room was quarantined. Lawson was decontaminated on scene. She is charged with: Promoting the Manufacture of Meth, Tampering with Evidence, Felony Possession of Schedule II (for resale), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule IV. Rector was charged with the same crimes.
Chief Johnny Jones says of his officers, “I am proud of there hard work and dedication. It was obvious this had been going on for awhile due to the extensive amounts of meth components found on the property. My officers did a fantastic job.” Chief Jones also concluded, “This was a well orchestrated joint effort and all agencies that responded did a fantastic job, it is a wonderful thing to see agencies work so well together. I applaud them and there hard work efforts.”