LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Five young children have been removed from a Loudon Co. mobile home where authorities found an active meth lab during a Wednesday night raid.
“It is heart breaking to see children who are put in these situations. I am proud of the work everyone did to quickly extract those children from that environment”, stated Russell Johnson, District Attorney General.
Five people were arrested when members of the Ninth Judicial District Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the home, 2215 Highland Ave., around 8:00 p.m. Inside, they reportedly found four shake bottles, coffee filters, muriatic acid, aluminum foil, lithium batteries, Red Devil lye, camp fuel, pseudoephedrine pills and other materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Gwendlyn Heiple, who lived in the home, Melinda Towle, Patrick Norris, Brian Clark, and James Orr were taken to Loudon Co. Jail. Each one faces a charge with manufacturing methamphetamine. More charges are pending.
Heiple rents the home from her son-in-law, Danny Crass, who claims he knew nothing about meth being made in the home and said he was especially upset because his mother-in-law had babysat for his child as recently as Friday. He is now trying to figure out how to clean up the home.