Two mothers, ages 24 and 23, have been arrested in Dickson, Tennessee, after narcotics officers allegedly found a working methamphetamine lab in a toy box. Two children, ages 4 and 2, were found in the apartment with their mothers and the drug lab, according to police reports.
Law enforcement officers were at the apartment on Suggs Street after receiving a tip that a fugitive they were searching for was hiding in the residence. The 24-year-old woman allegedly gave the drug agents consent to search the apartment for the fugitive. According to police reports, when the agents entered the apartment, they immediately detected an "overwhelming" and "distinct" odor associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
The lab that was found is often referred to as the "shake-and-bake" method and was a one-pot meth lab. The two children and the women were immediately removed from the home, and the Tennessee Meth Task Force was called in to remove the meth lab. The apartment was quarantined. The children and the women were decontaminated and then taken to a local hospital to be evaluated.
The Department of Children's Services were notified of the situation and both children were removed from the custody of their mothers.
The women now face charges of drug manufacturing and aggravated child abuse. Both are in jail on $100,000 bond.
These women face serious charges and will need an experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorney to build a strong defense. If you are facing drug manufacturing charges or other serious drug charges, contact an attorney to ensure your rights are protected throughout the court process. You have rights and options, and your attorney can explain how to best proceed to work towards an optimal outcome in your case.
Source: Tennessean.com, "Meth lab found in toy box at Dickson apartments" Josh Arntz, Jul. 18, 2013