Local man charged in meth lab arrest

  From Staff Reports
  A 35-year-old Elizabethton man, Donald Huffman, is facing drug charges as well as possible child endangerment charges after police searched his Cottage Avenue home and shut down a possible methamphetamine laboratory.
  According to police reports, Huffman had been under investigation for approximately six weeks. After receiving a tip from area retailers, investigators detailed Huffman purchasing large amounts of items used to make methamphetamine.
  On Saturday night before 11 p.m., police followed Huffman back to his home, where they found the ingredients for a meth lab and a potentially dangerous situation. Police and decontamination crews were on the scene for more than six hours collecting evidence and clearing the house.
  Nearby homes were evacuated for a short time as investigators secured the area.
  Police said a woman and three children were removed from Huffman's home. Authorities believe Huffman did not operate the meth lab alone.
  Huffman faces two felony possession of drug paraphernalia charges along with manufacturing and conspiracy to manufacture Schedule II drugs. Child endangerment charges are also pending.