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Police: Mother and Grandmother Displace After Man's Meth Lab Found

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

UNION CITY Tenn. - Union City Police said a mother and grandmother have been displaced from their home after an active meth lab was found in the house.

Investigators say Joseph Reid Garner was arrested after an investigation into pseudoephedrine purchases in Dyer County. Officers said they found an active meth lab in his home he shared with his mother and 93-year-old grandmother. The home has since been quarantined.

"When you take someone who is 93 and see what it does to their life, it's just very sad," said neighbor and family friend, Beverly Rice.

According to family friends, Garner's family was not allowed to take any belongings from their house.

"Bless her heart," said another family friend, Hal Rice. "She won't be on the Earth a whole lot longer. It would be nice if she could spend it in her own home."

Neighbors say Garner's grandmother is now staying at an assisted living facility, while his mother is staying with friends.

"You just don't know what's going on next door," said Rice.

Garner faces charges of manufacturing meth. Union City Police told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News the investigation is ongoing.