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PIGEON FORGE – Police arrested five people – including the mother of a 3-year-old boy found at the scene – on charges of operating a methamphetamine laboratory in a trailer.

Pigeon Forge Police Department Capt. Dennis Adams said the 5 p.m. raid at 744 Pine Mountain Road was prompted by a tip. When police arrived, they found an operating meth lab, Adams said.

“It was a working lab,” he said. “They were in the process of making it.”

Officers charged Charles Martin Hux, 26, with manufacturing methamphetamine and reckless endangerment; Johnny Ray Hicks, 33, with methamphetamine promotion; Belinda Pauline Henderson, 47, with methamphetamine promotion; Cynthia Whaley, 27, with methamphetamine promotion, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment and child endangerment; and David Brian Burke, 24, of Haynes Road in Dandridge with methamphetamine promotion.

All of the accused with the exception of Burke resided at the Pine Mountain Road mobile home, police said. Adams said he was unsure of the relationships of the four people who lived in the trailer.

Police found Whaley’s 3-year-old son at the scene, Adams said. The child was taken by the state Department of Children’s Services. Adams said the boy had been living in the trailer with his mother.

Adams said the suspects did not resist when police arrived and no weapons or meth were found in the trailer.

The rented trailer probably will be destroyed because of the contamination caused by making meth in the structure, Adams said.

“We talked to the owner and he’s going to have it disposed of somehow,” the captain said. “He said it probably wouldn’t be worth cleaning it up.”

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