Mom Arrested for Home Meth Lab

Teresa Lorean Lipps of Church Hill, TN surely won't be nominated for mother of the year; she sits in jail awaiting sentencing after her home meth lab was raided after her 14-year-old son failed a drug test.
Nina Fenton
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Teresa Lorean Lipps, 47, of quiet Church Hill, Tennessee, was arrested on October 28 after the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit found that she was operating a home lab in the home she shared with her three children. Lipps has been charged with a Class B felony for manufacturing meth as a result of her failed attempt at tapping into her inner Walter White.

A Class B felony is part of a classification system used by the state as a way to categorize crimes in terms of severity, which means that Lipp’s charges are considered “severe yet not the most serious of crimes.” This classification is surely of little comfort to her as she is still facing 8-12 years in prison.

From Failed Drug Test to Meth Bust

Hawkins County authorities first got wind of Lipps meth operation after her 14-year-old son tested positive for meth after submitting a urine specimen for one of his court ordered drug tests, which was conducted by the county’s Juvenile Court in early October. Upon receiving his results, the teen confessed to his drug use to his grandmother, stating that he obtained the meth from his mother’s cache at home. The Narcotics Unit was quickly notified by the grandmother and an investigation was started to assess the severity of the situation.

Methamphetamine is a very dangerous drug that has been infecting quiet towns like Church Hill frequently in recent months in Tennessee and other states across the country. Luckily, there are ways to fight off this insidious drug, like a methamphetamines drug test scheduled at drug testing locations in Tennessee and intervention services available locally.

After finding probably cause, a search warrant was obtained on October first, allowing authorities to enter Lipp’ home to search for meth and any drug paraphernalia associated with a home lab. The search proved to be successful as the Narcotics Unit was able to locate three one-pot meth labs in the home as well as ingredients used during the cooking process. Sulfuric acid containers, lithium strips, batteries, empty bottles and boxes of pseudephedrine were found throughout the home. Deputies on the scene immediately confiscated their findings in order to properly neutralize them before storing them with the state’s dangerous drug task force.

Lipps wasn’t home at the time of the raid and was suspected to be evading authorities. Her absence at home didn’t prevent authorities from collecting enough evidence to issue a warrant for her arrest, though.

Pending Child Endangerment Investigation

An additional investigation is still being conducted in relation to Lipps’ endangering her children as authorities believe her 7-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son were frequently exposed to meth when it was being cooked within the home as well as when it was being used. The children reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine, which authorities suspect is the result of being around the drug’s residue that is known to cling to surfaces during the cooking process.

Lipps is expected to face additional charges once the child endangerment investigation is complete. For now, she remains in a cell in the Hawkins County Jail without bond until an arraignment in the Hawkins County General Sessions Court is held.

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