RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Grainger Co. Sheriff's Dept. announced the arrest of four people they say were trying to cook methamphetamine in a field behind a home on Thurman Watson Road in Rutledge on Wednesday.
According to their arrest warrants, Carroll Mayes, Joshua Lusk, Christy Harris, and Martin Gratz have all been charged with the Initiation of a Process Intended to Result in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.
Grainger County detective Josh Pettiecord said it started out with a tip about a meth lab somewhere on Thurman Watson Road. While patrolling, they smelled something unmistakable:
"It gives off a really strong chemical smell, and it's really identifiable after you've smelled it," said Pettiecord.
They followed their noses and found an active lab in a field behind a house on the road.
"There wasn't the finished product as far as they hadn't completed the whole process, but everything that was needed to make the finished product, we found," said Pettiecord.
One woman raising a family down the road didn't want her name used, but said she's shocked the drug is so close.
"I think it's so irresponsible, immature, selfish of people to do stuff like that with children around," she said.
"I definitely wouldn't want any of my children - I mean, you've got chemicals there and things that can harm children," said Pettiecord.
Detective Pettiecord said he's not sure if the original tip was about the lab they busted, and said deputies will keep investigating to make sure no one else is cooking meth.
Each of the suspects is in jail with a $50,000 bond.
Martz is the only one with prior drug charges in the county. He was convicted of six counts of selling cocaine and two counts of posessing a schedule II drug back in 2004.
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