published Friday, December 6th, 2013

Trial date for indicted Tennessee meth home cleaner

JACKSON, Tenn. — A trial date has been set in the case of a Tennessee contractor charged with illegally certifying that homes where methamphetamine was produced were livable again.

Chief U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen set a June 2 trial date for Douglas Earl McCasland in federal court in Jackson on Thursday. McCasland has pleaded not guilty to charges of mail fraud and making false statements regarding the proper remediation of houses where meth had been made.

Under state law, all harmful meth residues must be removed from a house before people can live in it again. Contaminated homes are placed on a state quarantine list until they are certified for re-habitation.

An indictment says McCasland failed to properly clean the homes, then illegally cleared them for re-habitation.

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