Police respond to domestic violence call, find meth lab

Police respond to domestic violence call, find meth lab (Image 1)

Smyrna police discovered a meth lab at a home on Saturday evening when responding to a domestic violence call.

The non-working meth lab was found at a home in the 600 block of Hazelwood Drive around 4 p.m. where two children were present.

Edward Tarpley, 46, and Tabitha Tarpley, 45, have been charged with Initiation of a Meth Lab, Promotion of Methamphetamine, Possession of Schedule 1, and Child Abuse.

The children are now in custody of their grandparents.

“It's very scary,” one neighbor told News 2.

The house where the meth lab was discovered is just across the street from Smyrna Middle School.

“It's just terrifying to know that it was that close to us,” the neighbor said. “It was right under our nose.”

Smyrna Fire Department personnel removed the lab and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force took possession of the items.

On Sunday, crime tape surrounded the property while “Warning” and “Condemned” signs were plastered on the front door.

Edward and Tabitha Tarpley were still detained at the Rutherford County detention center Sunday night.

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