Sullivan County

Meth lab discovered in former school

Meth lab discovered in former school

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

The Sheriff's Office made the discovery a few days ago 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," says Leslie Earhart with 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.

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