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UPDATE: Meth 'super lab' found in Roan Mountain

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Carter County deputies found one-pot meth bottles at this home in Roan Mountain Carter County deputies found one-pot meth bottles at this home in Roan Mountain
Timothy Blackwell Timothy Blackwell

The cold weather and the amount of human waste made the "super lab" clean up difficult for investigators and hazmat crews.

Despite the snow officials continued to take equipment in and out of the home as several technicians dismantled the lab.

Due to the sheer size of the lab and hazardous material associated with it, the sheriff's office called in an additional hazmat crew from Knoxville to help with the clean up.

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force was also called in to assist with clearing the site.

"Through federal funding and state funding the task force helps sheriff's departments and police departments come in and help us with the clean up. They bring a lot of the materials," said Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes.

 Sheriff Mathes says he believes that Blackwell's operation crossed state lines which could lead to federal charges.

According to Mathes, the owner of the home where the suspect timothy Blackwell created the lab is thought to be his family member.

The carter county sheriff's office will continue its investigation for several days.

Black well is its only suspect.




Carter County deputies said  a methamphetamine "super lab" in Roan Mountain is the largest meth bust ever made in the county.

Sheriff Chris Mathes confirmed about 50 one-pot meth bottles have been found at 8377 Highway 19E, Roan Mountain.

He said Timothy Blackwell was taken into custody. The home where the meth bottles were found was not Blackwell's home.  The homeowner told investigators he was not aware anyone was staying in the home.

Investigators told News Channel 11 that they found 6 to 8 gallons of human waste.  Captain Mike Little said those who use the drug, often ingest their urine to get a fix.

The Sheriff's Office called in an additional HAZMAT crew to stabilize the scene.

A two-week investigation and surveillance led to the discovery of this meth lab, which is "believed to be the largest meth bust in the history of Carter County," according to Mathes.


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