MOORESBURG — Hawkins County authorities are hoping someone will help them identify the owner of a meth lab that was found in the midst of a cook on Saturday in the home of a man already in jail on pending meth manufacturing charges.
Hawkins County deputies responded to a complaint Saturday of a noxious smell coming from 129 Shelby Road in Mooresburg. That’s the home of Jeffery Allen Singleton, 43, who was arrested in Morristown two weeks ago during a traffic stop in which he was allegedly in possession of about an eighth of an ounce of meth.
The residence actually belongs to Singleton’s father, who gave deputies permission Saturday to look inside.
In the garage, deputies allegedly found a meth lab in the midst of a cook, but no one was found at the residence.
Singleton remains lodged in the Hamblen County Jail on meth charges there, and when those charges are resolved he’ll be transported to the Hawkins County Jail to answer a meth manufacturing charge.
Shortly after his arrest Hamblen County authorities contacted the HCSO with information obtained in their investigation. As a result, the 129 Shelby Road residence was searched on Nov. 22 and components of a meth lab were allegedly seized along with a small amount of meth, a sawed off shotgun and five vehicles belonging to Jeffery Singleton.
But the owner of the meth lab found Saturday is still a mystery.
“There was no one home when deputies arrived, and the person who normally stays there is in jail, so we really can’t pin this lab on anyone at this time,” Sheriff Roger Christian said. “It could have been a friend of Mr. Singleton, or possibly just someone who knew the house was empty and decided to use it to make the drugs. Right now we don’t know.”
Anyone with information about the meth lab found at 129 Shelby Road on Saturday is asked to contact the HCSO at 272-4848.