By Max Hrenda
A two-week investigation into the suspected trafficking of methamphetamine resulted in the discovery of what law enforcement officials are calling a “super lab” – and what could be the biggest discovery of its type in Tennessee history.
On Tuesday afternoon, officers with the Carter County Sheriff’s Department raided a house at 8377 U.S. Highway 19E in Roan Mountain and discovered what Sheriff Chris Mathes said was the largest one-pot methamphetamine lab bust in the history of Carter County.
“I would describe this – in today’s world of ‘shake-and-bake,’ one-pot meth – this is a super lab,” Mathes said. “It’s the biggest one I’ve ever seen.”
Mathes said deputies had been investigating the house’s resident, Timothy Lee Blackwell, on suspicions that he was making and dealing methamphetamine. The sheriff said the move was made after a surveillance team spotted Blackwell re-entering the home.
“My guys have been working on this for a couple of weeks,” Mathes said. “The information we had was that he was involved in trafficking methamphetamine … but nothing this large.”