Latest news: 04-03-09
Meth from urine labs found
CLINTON, Tenn. - Law enforcement officers in East Tennessee say they have so far found three methamphetamine operations that extract the illegal drug from urine in Anderson County.
Sheriff's department Chief Deputy Mark Lucas said the department got a tip that led to a raid Thursday, resulting in drug charges against 47-year-old Rickie Jack Harber.
Lucas said deputies found meth-making components and 144 gallons of urine, stored in plastic bottles.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel said the department reports the lab is the third, but largest such operation it has found.
Harber was charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and is held in lieu of $200,000 bond.
Proposed law would require landlords to disclose property's use as meth lab
SAN ANTONIO - Texas landlords may soon have to come clean about their property's past.
State Rep. David Liebowitz of San Antonio has filed a bill that would require landlords to disclose whether their property has ever been used as a lab to make methamphetamines.
Contamination from the chemicals used to make meth can linger and pose health hazards to those exposed to them.
Under the proposal, if the landlord fails to disclose the information, the tenant can terminate the lease and get a full refund on rent.
39 named in drug operation
CLINTON, Tenn. - The Anderson County Sheriff's Department has released the names of 39 of 40 people who were indicted in March on drug charges that stemmed from an undercover operation which began in 2007.
According to a press release, those 39 people have been arrested or were already in jail on other charges since the indictments were handed down on March 2.
Sheriff Paul White said, "These arrests come after months of hard work by the Special Operations Unit of the Anderson County Sheriff's Department. ... These cases literally took months to investigate, make drug buys, and send to the DA's Office for prosecution."