KCSO officer injured in meth lab bust

KCSO officer injured in meth lab bust

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Narcotics Officers work the scene of an alleged meth lab on Cash Rd. Narcotics Officers work the scene of an alleged meth lab on Cash Rd.
Barbara Hickman (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Barbara Hickman (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Robyn Welch (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Robyn Welch (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Daniel Moore (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Daniel Moore (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Phipps (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Joshua Phipps (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An officer from the Narcotics Division was injured while responding to a meth lab Tuesday afternoon, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

An ongoing investigation led authorities to the 400 block of Cash Road around 4 p.m. That's where officials found an active meth lab.

When officers arrived on the scene, the meth was actually in the production phase.

The injured officer was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after suffering a heat-related injury from an air tight suit and has since been released.

The KCSO says 51-year-old Robyn Welch, who lived at the Cash Road residence; 41-year-old Barbara Hickman, of Strawberry Plains; 47-year-old Daniel Moore, of Strawberry Plains; and 29-year-old Joshua Phipps, of Richards Lane, were at the home and brought into police custody. They were booked into jail after being decontaminated.

Officials say Phipps is wanted in Georgia on traffic charges. The others have criminal histories involving drugs, theft, fraud and assault.

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