7 meth labs discovered in Blount County

7 meth labs discovered in Blount County

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"It's daylight and you come to Walgreens and you see the police cars and fire trucks and the meth lab here," Blount County resident Rhonda Ciszewski said. "It's daylight and you come to Walgreens and you see the police cars and fire trucks and the meth lab here," Blount County resident Rhonda Ciszewski said.
In the parking lot of the Alcoa Walgreens members of the drug task force discovered a finished meth product and the ingredients in two cars. In the parking lot of the Alcoa Walgreens members of the drug task force discovered a finished meth product and the ingredients in two cars.
"We absolutely want to follow up on everything to ensure the safety of the community. We don't want to leave any stone unturned," said Capt. Rob Talbott. "We absolutely want to follow up on everything to ensure the safety of the community. We don't want to leave any stone unturned," said Capt. Rob Talbott.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) – Thursday was a busy day for Blount County investigators as they discovered seven meth labs.

Officers from the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force discovered two of the labs at a home on Piney Level Road. Another was found in a ditch nearby.

The fourth lab was a rolling meth lab in the parking lot of Walgreens and then another three were at a house in Seymour.

Capt. Rob Talbott with the drug task force says busts are up 200 percent compared to this time last year.

One reason for the increase is a new program that offers a cash reward for tips that lead to an arrest of these alleged meth cooks.

Five people were taken into for the meth labs discovered all over the county.

In the lab discovered in two cars in the parking lot of the Alcoa Walgreens, task force officers found finished meth product and the ingredient. It's a discovery that's occurring more often.

"They're so small, so they're easy to hide," said Capt. Talbott.

The task force started their busy day at a house on Piney Level Road, where they found two "one pot" labs in the basement and another down the road.

Eric Cable, 31, was taken into custody from that location.

"We feel he's responsible for that one and several others that are close to his house," said Capt. Talbott.

The house is now quarantined, a sight that makes neighbors feel uneasy.

"You'd like to think you're in a safe home and dwelling, and when something like this happens, across the street, real close to home, it's a big concern," said Gilbert Campbell, who lives across the street.

Blount County residents say it's one thing to find meth being made in someone's house, but it's another to find one in a public parking lot.

"It's daylight and you come to Walgreens, and you see the police cars and fire trucks and the meth lab here," Blount County resident Rhonda Ciszewski said. "With children growing up in this community it's really sad that they have to see this."

One reason for the rise in busts is the county's new program that offers a reward for tips for information on the labs.

"People can call in with information and if it leads to the arrest of a meth cook, the recovery and seizure of meth lab, and it occurs in Blount County, then we'll pay that individual $100," Capt. Talbott explained.

He says no tip is too small.

"We absolutely want to follow up on everything to ensure the safety of the community. We don't want to leave any stone unturned," Capt. Talbott said.

If you have information on a meth lab in Blount County you are asked to call (865) 977-SANO(7266).

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