BANNER – A mobile home located at Orchard Branch on Prater Creek was the scene of an explosion over the weekend. Following the explosion, an arrest was made.
On Friday night, before 10 p.m., police responded to what appeared to have been a meth lab explosion at the home of Fred Hunt. Hunt was renting the mobile home on Orchard Branch from Paul Jarrell, of Banner.
When officers arrived at the scene, blue smoke was seen rolling out of a window that had apparently been blown out by the explosion. A strong chemical odor was detected when police arrived on the scene. Hunt was present at the scene when officers arrived. Other individuals may have been present during the explosion but may have left before police arrived.
Allen Fire Department also responded to the scene and decontaminated the area in order to allow officers the opportunity to further investigate the explosion.
According to Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt, officers discovered the precursors to manufacture methamphetamines. No other evidence was discovered to determine the explosion was caused by means other than the manufacturing of methamphetamines.
Hunt, 63, was arrested on first offense manufacturing of methamphetamines and being in the possession of precursors to manufacture methamphetamines. He was lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash bond. Hunt was out on bond from Pike County for the charge of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamines. He was considered the ring leader of a local group of individuals who conspired to manufacture the drug in Pike County.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.