Many areas in our region are dealing with meth labs right and left, but Abingdon is giving their employees specific training on what to look for and how to react when seeing suspicious material.
It was just another day in the neighborhood for Abingdon town employee Gene Smith. "We were just working, doing our normal things and the trash truck came," said Smith.
Vernon Scarberry, who works for Abingdon Public Services, told us he was attaching the garbage can to the truck when he noticed something funny. "I noticed there was a bottle with a hose sticking out of the end of it," he said.
Scarberry said he immediately called his boss, identifying the bottle as a meth lab. His boss called the cops.
Lieutenant Kevin Christy of the Abingdon Police Department told us all town employees are required to take a safety class and one of the topics of the class is on how to spot meth labs. "[It's] a recognition class. What they need to be looking for, the dangers of it, when to go back and call us," said Christy.
They have been told to look for key ingredients, plastic tubing, bottles, and even batteries.
Scarberry tells us he is just happy they found the bottle before anyone else did. "A whole lot of kids could get a hold of it and they don't realize what it is," he explained.
Zackary Arnold was arrested and is being held in the Southwest Regional jail in Abingdon under a $2,500 bond.
He is charged with two counts of manufacturing meth and one count of possession of meth material.