Polk sheriff’s office finds 10th meth lab of year

Published 2:34 pm Thursday, December 27, 2012

No arrests made yet

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has claimed a 10th meth lab, this one discovered in a duffle bag by local residents and turned into authorities.

The duffle bag was found in the woods of the Silver Creek Community in Mill Spring and turned into the sheriff’s office on Friday, Dec. 21.

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Narcotics officers with the sheriff’s office said the duffle bag contained two plastic drink bottles, tubing, cans of Coleman® fuel, ammonium nitrate and strips of aluminum cans used to smoke methamphetamine.

Officers said the drink bottles had been used and the contents could have produced a small lab.

The meth lab is currently under investigation with no arrests yet made.

The lab rounds out 2012 with 10 total meth labs discovered in the county this year.

The last meth lab was discovered in a vehicle on Dec. 10 in Mill Spring after a traffic stop. A sheriff’s office K9 dog hit on the vehicle and officers discovered a backpack with meth lab materials in the vehicle. The sheriff’s office made two arrests related to manufacturing methamphetamine during the traffic stop.

The sheriff’s office also discovered a meth lab on Oct. 23 in Sunny View where four children ranging in ages two months to 7-years old were living in the home, where both the parents were arrested.

The county’s seventh meth lab of the year was discovered on July 11 in the Silver Creek Community of Mill Spring.

The sixth meth lab this year was discovered in June in an unnamed mobile home park in Sunny View where a container and propane tanks were found in a field.

In June, there were two meth labs discovered near River Road in Tryon, with one lab discovered along River Road and another discovered outside the home of 89 Appaloosa Lane.

In January of this year, the sheriff’s office discovered three separate labs in the woods in Mill Spring.