A meth bust on Ash Street led to the discovery of two children inside a home where drugs were present, said police chief Buddy Lewis.
The children, ages 3 and 7, were in a home where the adults are accused of manufacturing methamphetamine, a dangerous combination of chemical elements that is noxious at the least and could cause burns to their bodies.
"These children were transported to Baptist Hospital-Tipton to be checked out because of the chemicals and meth precursors that were in the house," said Lewis.
The Covington Fire Department Haz-Mat Unit assisted in the cleanup effort and to provide first aid, if needed, for exposure to the chemicals.
"I am very happy we were able to safely remove the chemicals and remove the two children from the location without incident."
According to Lewis, after receiving a tip that illegal activity was taking place at the house, narcotics officers arrested Joseph Breedlove, 31, and Billie Moonie, 21.
They charged the pair with possession of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine), possession of methamphetamine precursors, initiation of the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, child endangerment and violation of the drug-free school zone act.
"These chemicals are very dangerous and our officers, along with the Covington Fire Department personnel, did a great job in dealing with this incident," Lewis said. "I am very proud of the work that was done by members of the Covington Police Department and members of the Covington Fire Department in this case."
The Department of Children's Services was contacted to take care of the children and the Meth Task Force Unit was on scene to secure the confiscated chemicals.
Lewis urges anyone with information about persons cooking meth or engaged in other illegal activities to contact the police department at 901-475-1261.
"I can assure everyone that your name will not be released and action will be taken on the information provided."