Apartment maintenance man suspected in possible meth lab

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - An apartment complex maintenance man may be behind a suspected meth lab that one neighbor blamed for making children sick.

Two men sat handcuffed under shade trees Wednesday at the Cambridge Station condominiums as officers dressed in protective suits examined one of the units where a manager said the maintenance man lived with his girlfriend.

Property Manager Jim McNatt said the maintenance man started a year ago.

"A little bit shocking to me," McNatt said.  "He's a great worker, does good work, have not had any complaints about his work."

Neighbor Angela Anderson suspected he was doing more given the amount of traffic in and out of the townhome.

"In the morning when I get up and go I still see traffic," Anderson said.  "You never know what's going on, who are your neighbors or what they're doing."

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force takes every precaution when removing possible meth-making materials.

Lillie Jackson said her children got sick Tuesday playing in a playground just behind the suspected meth lab.

"Called me at work and said they had headaches," Jackson said.  "What's happening today explains what the headaches were from."

Police have yet to release information about the suspects or exactly what they found.

Memphis Police recently reported a 60 percent increase in the number of meth labs busted in the city.

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