LaFollette Officers discover large meth operation

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By Jennifer Caldwell

Officers put the skids on what is being called the largest shake and bake meth operation ever discovered in LaFollette.

On Monday the LaFollette Police Department received information regarding a possible meth lab in progress at 328 Camp Ridge Road.  According to Lt. Jeff Allen, the area has a history of drug activity.

As the officers went to investigate the lab, Darryl Willard Riggs, Sr., who resides at the Camp Ridge Road address, was picked up during a traffic stop on an outstanding warrant.

Although he was not at the home Riggs gave consent for officers to search his residence, Allen said.

Once inside the home Officer William Owens and Meth Tech Pam Jarrett discovered large amounts of materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.  David Riggs and Larry Teague were arrested inside the home.

Meth Tech Sgt. Jason Henegar reported there were two 64-ounce Gatorade bottles containing active cooks going on at the time of the search. Teague and David Riggs are believed to be the ones who initiated the cook.

Among the items located inside the home were 560 ounces of ammonia nitrate, 384 ounces of camping fuel, 128 ounces of sodium hydroxide, 32 lithium batteries and 100 pseudoephedrine blister packs.

A Haz-Mat crew reported to the scene to conduct the cleanup that took more than four hours to dispose of the hazardous materials alone.

Darryl Willard Riggs, Sr., David Lee Riggs and Teague are all charged with initiation of the process intended to manufacture methamphetamine, promotion of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The following day officers received a tip of another lab located on North 12th Street.  Jarrett discovered a dumpsite in the woods behind some apartments.  According to Allen, there are no suspects linked to the lab at this time.