By Nathan Baker
Sheriff’s department investigators say a family’s concern led to the discovery of one of the largest residential methamphetamine dump sites in the county in recent years.
Carter County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Mike Little said the home at 121 Riverbottom Road, less than a quarter-mile from the Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church and Valley Forge Elementary School, was hiding the remnants of more than 20 one-pot labs and chemicals commonly used in the production of meth.
“There was an exceedingly large amount of meth-related waste in the home,” Little said.
He said the meth-making materials were discovered Sunday evening by Deputy Michael Freeman and Sgt. Kenny Cornett, who were checking on the well-being of resident Heather Renee Stevens, 29, at the request of her family.
Little said her family feared that Stevens was being physically abused by her live-in boyfriend, identified as 33-year-old Lance Daniel Nidiffer.
Upon entering the home, the two officers reported a strong chemical smell and bottles of liquid petroleum fuel commonly used in producing methamphetamine.