4 arrested when active meth lab found in Pigeon Forge motel

Apr. 06, 2013 @ 10:13 AM

Pigeon Forge police arrested four people Thursday afternoon at a Parkway motel after discovering an active methamphetamine lab in one of the rooms.

Police Capt. Dennis Adams said Friday his department received a tip about a suspected meth lab at the Smoky Shadows Motel, 4215 Parkway, around 2 p.m.

Officers responded to the scene and contained the area.

"They wouldn't let us in the room so we went and got a judge to sign a search warrant," Adams said.

After obtaining the search warrant, officers found an active meth lab in one room and quarantined a total of four rooms at the motel.

Theodore Collett, 49, of Kodak, was arrested and charged with promotion of meth manufacture and possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

Christopher Wise, 44, of Kodak, was arrested for promotion of meth manufacture.

Cheryl Dexter, 65, of Knoxville, and Pamela Anders, 34, of White Pine were each charged with promotion of meth and possession of paraphernalia.

A Smoky Shadows Motel representative, who referred to himself as the "acting manager," declined to comment when approached Friday morning.

"We're working with the authorities on this," said the man, who did not give his name.

Adams said the police are still investigating.

"We don't know all the details yet," he said. "We're still investigating the people who were arrested."

The Tennessee Meth Task Force and the Pigeon Forge Fire Department assisted with the investigation.

rhargett@themountainpress.com