By Max Hrenda
Officers with the Carter County Sheriff’s Department were told they would find a fugitive hiding in an apartment complex in the Milligan community.
Instead of a fugitive, however, officers said they discovered an inactive methamphetamine lab.
On Wednesday night, those officers arrested Larry Wayne White III, 29, 1003 Idlewyld Circle, Johnson City, and Kenneth Wayne Jacobs, 44, 1300 F Spruce Lane, Elizabethton, after they reported discovering the lab components inside Apartment 6 of the Milligan College Apartments at 106 VIP Road. The apartments are not affiliated with Milligan College.
CCSD Capt. Mike Little said that, as a precautionary measure, the adjacent apartment in the two-apartment building was evacuated after the components were discovered. He added, however, that it did not appear that any contamination had taken place.
“It’s definitely a meth lab, however, the actual product was not started,” Little said. “But all the components are here for a meth lab. We fortunately intervened just prior to him going live with it.”
Before the lab was discovered, Lt. Michael Bean, Sgt. Nick Andes, Sgt. Harmon Duncan, and Sgt. Wayne Pritchard visited the apartment in the hopes of finding someone with active arrest warrants. Instead, they found someone who formerly knew their suspect.