ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff's Department reported finding a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory over the weekend at 126 W.B. Yeats Road, Johnson City.
Sgt. Harmon Duncan said the investigation began when a blue bag was found near the residence. It contained Coleman lantern fuel, drain cleaner, cold packs and other items commonly used in methamphetamine manufacture.
In the back yard of the residence the remains of a recent trash burn were found. In the ashes, investigators discovered a partially burned empty box that had contained the cold medicine psuedoephedrine, a key ingredient in making methamphetamine.
The investigators also found five 20-ounce plastic bottles containing meth residue.
Also found were several cut lithium batteries, solid residue from "cook" and "gasser" bottle and lithium strips. Because of the recent rain, clandestine lab technicians believe the manufacture of meth took place at the residence in the past few days.
The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force Hazardous Materials Truck was called to the scene and the site was cleaned up.
Duncan said there was no evidence that methamphetamine manufacture took place inside the residence, where a woman and her 8-month-old daughter lived. The trailer was not quarantined.
Duncan said the investigation is continuing.