LaFollette PD says it will benefit from state meth task force mo

LaFollette PD says it will benefit from state meth task force money

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A meth lab exploded just a few weeks ago at a home in LaFollette. A meth lab exploded just a few weeks ago at a home in LaFollette.
"We're especially concerned for the young people today, that they realize there are many alternatives," resident Peggy Allen said. "We're especially concerned for the young people today, that they realize there are many alternatives," resident Peggy Allen said.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

LAFOLLETTE (WATE) - Tennessee's Meth Task Force will get another $750,000 in funding as part of an amendment to the appropriations bill.

Local drug officers say the money will help them fight the ongoing meth problem.

"In the past, Campbell County has ran over 100 meth labs per year. So we're cleaning up over 100 meth labs a year. That's countywide," said LaFollette Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries.

Law enforcement agencies get help from the meth task force when a lab is found in the state.

"If we get a meth lab, we call in to the meth task force and they will send out a meth truck and a driver and will hazmat all the materials from the lab and take them back," Chief Jeffries added.

For a city or county to have it's own equipment would require bigger budgets.

"According to Director Farmer, it would be roughly $250,000 before we ever worked the first lab," Chief Jeffries said. "Just to start the program, to buy the equipment, the trucks, and the hazmat suits and the respirators and all the equipment you need."

One woman 6 News spoke with lives near a lab that exploded just a few weeks ago in LaFollette.

"That was unbelievable. We were coming back from running an errand and coming back up the little hill up to Hill Street, and just as we got there, this huge flame just burst, and then as we came toward our house, a policeman was coming," said Peggy Allen.

Allen says she's glad additional funding has been approved.

"We're especially concerned for the young people today, that they realize there are many alternatives," Allen said.

The task force also runs the Tennessee Meth Portal, which helps track people involved with meth labs.

Chief Jeffries says businesses in LaFollette are helping crack down on meth by calling police when a person buys multiple components to make meth.

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