Meth lab explodes home in Centerville, TN

A meth lab explosion in Centerville, TN resulted in Johnny Harrington going to the hospital. He is listed in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After the explosion, neighbors reported they saw Johnny running from the home, screaming in pain and begging for someone to help him. One neighbor said that his eyelids looked like they had been burned off in the explosion.

Neighbors reported that they never suspected that Johnny was making meth in his home. One neighbor said he wouldn’t have recognized that smells coming from the home were those produced by cooking of meth. Police reassured him by saying “you’d know it, if you smelled it”. Witnesses reported that the back door and windows blew out and the roof lifted off of the home. Police who arrived at the scene warned onlookers to stay away from the scene in order to protect their own health.

Police report that once Harrington has recovered from his burns, he will be removed from the hospital in hand cuffs. He will be charged on the suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine. What will happen to his home? Will it be sold as a foreclosure?

Source:, “Meth Lab Explosion Injures Hickman County Man“.


How cleanup contractors clean a meth lab home

Anytime methamphetamine is cooked, it leaves widespread contamination behind. In the process of cooking the chemicals used to make methamphetamine, toxic chemicals travel through the air landing in places you might never expect them to. The contamination in a home or any other area used to make methamphetamine is extremely costly for the homeowner.

What gets contaminated when someone cooks meth in a house or apartment?

Basically, to figure out what gets contaminated by cooking the chemicals used to make meth, think of it this way:

Dump the house upside down and whatever comes out is considered contaminated. Some of that will include the furniture, any clothing, bed linens, drapes, curtains, towels, toys, game systems, computers and laptops, printers, stereos, cameras, telephones, cell phones, televisions, and appliances. Any surface, whether soft or hard, will contain toxic residue.

Ok, now now it’s time to turn the house upright again and look inside. See the ceilings, walls, carpets, carpet padding, cabinets, ventilation systems used for heating & air conditioning, counter tops, window sills, door frames, and wood trim? They’re contaminated too.

What do the cleanup contractors have to do to cleanup the property? Contents of the home are usually destroyed. The interior of the home is sometimes strip down to the studs. On homes that are not completely destroyed by meth contamination, clean up can sometimes save the home. Contractors will remove all residue from any surfaces inside the home.

What proof is there that a meth lab home has been totally decontaminated? After a complete decontamination of the home has been completed, samples are taken from surfaces inside the home. Those samples are then sent to a testing lab in Washington, D.C. to determine if an contamination still exists. If the home tests “clean”, they will issue a certification that buyers can use to assure any future buyers that the home is safe to live in.

How “clean” does a home have to be to receive a certification that it is safe to live in? In order for a home to be certified to national standards, contaminating residue must be less than the equivalent of a package of Sweet N’Low spread across two and a half football fields.

Renters in Denver turn home in to a meth lab

A Denver, CO woman got a lot more than rent money, when she rented her home to a used car salesman and his mortgage broker wife, and 7 year old child, according to an article published on

“Before my kids leave for school, I drink a cup of coffee and meditate for an hour. This inward-looking time puts me into a current in which life is less effortful, less a race, less scary; I become calm, and full of certainty about everything . . . until the phone rings, and it’s my 17-year-old. He’s in his car in front of the rental house, and there are a lot of police. And a hazmat vehicle. Sheets of plywood barricade each window. Doors padlocked.

Goodbye, quiet certainty. Hello, fear and struggle. I arrive to find a man, crouched down on one knee, facing the front of the house, writing on bright red and orange cardboard notices. Lengths of “Denver Police Line, Do Not Enter, Crime Scene” lie in tangled heaps on the grass. The letters DEA are emblazoned on the back of his jacket.”

She now faces what thousands of homeowners face when they rent their homes and apartments to people who use their property to make methamphetamine. Whether you are the renter of a property or you are the person who is renting your property to someone else, the toxic by-products produced by a meth cook will change life as you know it. Linda King, the woman who wrote the story for the Denver Post, is now faced Continue reading

What is your child learning about Meth in school?

Teaching kids about the real world can help them learn in a meaningful way about themselves, others, and the world around them. But, teaching them how to make meth doesn’t make any sense at all to me. Yet, it is what one student told her mother she learned in school.

“I was really upset when my daughter had come home and said ‘mom we learned how to make meth today in school,’ ” said parent Teresa McCutcheon. “My jaw just kind of dropped and I said, ‘what?’ ” Teresa McCutcheon found it hard to believe what her daughter was telling her. She wanted to see for herself, so she demanded and got a videotape of that class.”

When the McCutcheon complained to the Elma school Superintendant, he said, “We’ll look at this, but we stand pretty firm in that this is an educational tool. The schools have been very receptive to it in years passed.”

Source: In-class Meth demonstration angers parent, Author Keith Eldridge, published August 31, 2006,

Suggestion to parents: If you don’t know what the drug program in your child’s school is teaching your child, it’s time to start asking questions! Talk to your school Superintendant, school principal, health teacher, and your child to find out exactly what your child is learning about meth and other drugs in your school district. Otherwise, you may come home someday to find that your home has been contaminated by meth, when they try making meth just the way they learned how to do it in school!

Paster and school bus driver arrested for meth lab

An Arkansas pastor and his wife, a school bus driver, were sent to prison on Monday for cooking methamphetamine in their home at 2424 S. 26th St, in Rogers, Arkansas . When they go to prison, they will leave behind their 16 year old son.

Joseph Sisneros, 44, had been the pastor of the Fellowship Baptist church, which had been closed. His wife, Barbara Sisneros, 42, was still working as a school bus driver for Rogers Public Schools.

Police discovered a complete meth lab at their home, after following up on their frequent purchases of pseudoephedrine products between November 2006 and February 2007 in area drug stores. When questioned by police about their drug use, they told police they were injecting about a half-gram of meth everyday. Previous to their meth use, they said they used diet and sleeping pills.

Source: Couple sentenced to prison for Meth Lab, The Morning News – Local News for Northwest Arkansas, May 12, 2008

Clandestine Meth Labs in TN continue to grow has reported that Anderson County, TN, is well on its way of breaking a new meth lab record in 2008. In 2007, there were 58 meth labs seized in Anderson county. So far, this year, there have already been 20 clandestine meth labs discoveries according to the records at the Sheriff’s Department.

The majority of the labs that have been discovered were in remote areas close to Lake City and the Briceville community.

Most recently, there was a meth lab seizure on Vowell Mountain near Lake City.

The drug task force have suspects, according to one of its officers.

Source: “Anderson on pace to top ’07 mark for meth lab busts”, State Briefs April 27, 2008,

It has finally happened – my meth lab home update

When I started this meth lab blog, my son found out a few years after buying a foreclosed home in 2004, that his “dream home” in rural Tennessee had previously been used as a meth lab. If this is your first time visiting this site, you can find out more about his story by clicking “My Meth Lab Home Story”, page link that is located at the top of this page.

I am happy to report some good news today! My son no longer owns a home contaminated by meth, according to the testing lab in Washington, DC! His home has been certified as a safe and clean environment! We couldn’t be happier that the decontamination part of this nightmare is finally over!

The bad news is that since my son discovered that his home was contaminated by meth, it has put him nearly $16,000 in debt. A debt resulting from the testing and cleanup, that he and others like him, should never have to be pay in the first place. Someone else contaminated his home. Others who knew about its contamination before he bought it, kept their mouths shut and let him buy it, knowing full well that he would have to pay for the cleanup. But, $16,000 of debt, is only the financial consequence that he has had to deal with since buying what he thought would be his dream home.

The greater challenge of buying and living in a former lab still lies ahead of him, his wife, and his two young sons – the detrimental health effects of having lived in a meth lab home. Their youngest son, my grandson, Continue reading