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Active meth lab found near home with kids inside

Jeremiah Small. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Jeremiah Small. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Two children, 5 and 8 years old, were removed from a mobile home in North Jefferson County after deputies found an active meth lab nearby.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office got a call on Tuesday from someone who was concerned about possible drug activity at a mobile home in the 4600 block of Elfreth Johnson Road. The caller was worried about the two children who lived at the home.

Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, deputies conducted a welfare check at the property. Chief Deputy Randy Christian described it as having a mobile home and a "small travel trailer parked on the same lot."

The children's mom, a 29-year-old woman, answered the door and first told deputies she was there alone. But when deputies heard noises coming from the nearby travel trailer, the mother told them her adult step-son, 20-year-old Jeremiah Small, was inside, Christian said.

Small came out and both he and the kids' mother gave permission for deputies to search the travel trailer and the mobile home. Deputies discovered an active meth lab in the travel trailer and drug paraphernalia in the mobile home.

The children were in the mobile home and unharmed. DHR came to the scene, removed the kids from the home and placed them in the care of relatives.

Small was arrested for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

The sheriff's office is also pursuing chemical endangerment of a child charges against the children's mother. No charges have been filed at this time.

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