Oneida Man Booked on Meth Making Charge

Huntsville, TN (2016-09-15) An Oneida man is facing meth making and possession charges following the discovery of a make-shift meth lab in west Oneida.

Kenneth Wesley Hammock, 46, of Oneida was booked into the Scott County Jail Monday afternoon following the discovery of a “one pot” meth lab inside a barn in west Oneida.  According to an arrest warrant filed by Scott County Drug Agent Kris Lewallen, officers found the remnants of recent meth cook inside Hammock’s barn located at 191 Hammock Lane in west Oneida.  Hammock would later been found in possession of a syringe that reportedly contained meth.

On Monday, September 12, 2016, Lewallen and Sgt. Danny Phillips, along with a representative from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, went to Hammock’s residence looking for a couple that had an open DCS case.  The pair was purported to be staying with Hammock. When officers arrived, Hammock was not home; however, authorities observed a “one pot” meth lab lying in plain view through an open door in Hammock’s barn.  A male subject at the home informed authorities Hammock was at a residence in Helenwood.

Detective Abby Duncan and Deputies Lisa Anderson and Chris Russell went to a home on Helenwood Loop Road, where Hammock was found.  When detained, Hammock allegedly had a syringe on his person containing liquid meth.

Hammock, along with two females that reportedly had stayed at Hammock’s home the night before, were then transported back to Oneida.  Hammock accompanied officers to the barn, where they retrieved several meth-making components.  Hammock allegedly admitted to having knowledge of the meth being cooked in his barn, but deferred responsibility.  He reportedly refused to tell authorities who was responsible.

Authorities reportedly seized from several components typically used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, including a one pot meth lab; empty packs of cold compress pouches and pseudoephedrine tablets, gas generators, camping fuel, lighter fluid, starter fluid, rubbing alcohol, iodine, several cut lithium batteries and the strips from those batteries, tubing, and more than 200 coffee filters.

Hammock was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of less than 0.5 grams of methamphetamine, and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.