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'Largest ever' meth dumpsite discovered in Sullivan County

Published On: Jun 04 2013 08:02:46 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 04 2013 08:37:33 AM CDT
SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. -

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Department told us Tuesday they've discovered the largest meth dumpsite ever found in the county.

The discovery happened in the Hickory Tree Community around 1:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Sullivan County authorities say the home at 571 Ryder Church Road was under construction and had never been lived in. The owners hadn't been there for about two years and were back in town cleaning up the property.

"They discovered 37 trash bags in the crawl space of the home. They looked inside the bags and immediately realized that something wasn't just right," said Leslie Earhart with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department.

Vice and narcotics detectives responded to the scene and quickly realized they were dealing with the largest meth dumpsite ever discovered in Sullivan County. "Previously we had discovered around 37 one-pot bottles. [Tuesday] they discovered more than 100," said Earhart.

Earhart said nine of those one-pot bottles were still active.

The homeowners are not suspects in this case.

The Meth Task Force, Bristol Vice and Narcotics detectives and the Second Judicial Drug Task Force have been assisting with cleanup.

The investigation is ongoing.