KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT)--Meth is making a huge comeback in Roane County moving into the city limits threatening your kids and your home. Police say with all this meth, people need to be on the lookout for the signs. In their biggest meth bust in Kingston history, police found more than 20 two-liter bottles with meth cooking inside. They say that's only the beginning.
This house sits off Gallahar Road, a busy four-lane highway right between Kingston and Oak Ridge. Its not a place where people usually cook meth, but on Sunday, police found several meth labs inside. Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam says, "Right now, I'm just glad we did the clean-up, because apparently it was a mess."
So much of a mess, cops condemned the home and posted warnings about the toxic chemicals inside. Investigators found meth making materials in the backyard. After getting a warrant, they found 22 one-pot bottles."
It's the biggest ever seizure for the city of Kingston with a street value of about $5,000. The homeowner has been in jail for 30 days, so police haven't charged anyone else. Neighbors tell us they're suspicious of the owner's ex-girlfriend.
Meth labs out in the open like this are becoming a real problem. Chief Washam says, "When they're coming to the front doors of the Roane County Sheriff's Office with a working meth lab, they're getting pretty brave."
They're even popping up in hotels and apartments. Chief says, "It had died down. It seems like right now it's getting a boost. A lot more coming back."
Police say with all this meth, people need to be on the lookout for the signs. They say an unusual odor, like cat urine is one of tell tale symptoms. If you smell it call police.
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