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Meth lab discovered in former school

By Meaghan Smith, msmith@wcyb.com
Published On: Aug 27 2013 04:17:59 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 20 2013 11:00:00 PM CDT

Sullivan County deputies say they discovered a shake and bake meth lab, along with other meth making components, inside of old an school.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. -

Tennessee sheriff's deputies say they discovered a shake and bake meth lab, along with other meth making components, inside of an old vacant school.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office made the discovery after getting a call about a suspicious person being dropped off at the former Valley Pike Elementary School, which closed in 2011. "We do believe that meth was actively being cooked within the school at some point," said Leslie Earhart, public information officer for the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives discovered the lab and components in the library and cafeteria. 

Back in May, officers say several teenagers caused over $100,000 dollars in damage while vandalizing the building. 

The school's recent demise disturbs neighbor Preston Eads, who remembers going to Valley Pike when he was a little boy. "That bothers me that there's a meth lab over there. I have my grandchildren out here playing," he said.

The county's building inspector says they were getting ready to auction off the school before this happened.

They have to find out just how bad the contamination is before they can decide what to do with the building.