Members of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office had to suit up Friday night in protective gear after they tell us they found two meth labs behind a home.
An anonymous tip led police to a home on Mill Creek Pike. When they got there they say they found a recently used meth lab behind a garage, and a second one that had been disposed of in a field behind it.
"Basically it's a shake and bake type meth lab, ammonia nitrate, lithium strips, pseudoephedrine, Coleman fuel," said Detective Bryan Taylor.
That list of chemicals adds up to a dangerous concoction, one Taylor says carries a risk of explosion. "Some of the gases it does produce, through cooking and smoking off, basically trying to boil gas with lithium, with water, and those things don't mix," Taylor said.
Three men who were at the home were charged with making meth. Christopher Caffee, Jeffery Goodlett and Dylan Hawkins were all taken into custody. The home belongs to a relative of one of the suspects, they won't face any charges.
Police went to great lengths to stay safe while removing those labs.
"We wore a breathing apparatus, Nomex suits, Tyvek suits, safety gloves, fireproof boots. It's a daunting task to clean one of these up, and expensive," Taylor said.
Hawkins and Caffee are being charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense. But Taylor says Goodlett has been charged with making meth before so his charge will be manufacturing meth, second offense, which is a class A felony.
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