A woman is behind bars facing drug charges for the second time in three months.
Monica Adkins, 36, was arrested Tuesday morning on felony trespassing and drug charges after a fire at a home on Illinois Avenue in west Nashville.
The arrest happened after Adkins was released from Vanderbilt Medical Center after receiving treatment for burns to her hand received during the house fire.
Adkins was arrested in May after police found an active meth lab inside a building on her property on Illinois Avenue. The property was still under quarantine as a result of the May investigation.
She was charged with manufacturing meth at that time and the home was quarantined after that bust. Records show Adkins owns the house at 5414 Illinois Avenue, which makes her responsible for paying cleanup costs.
Adkins' criminal trespassing charge is a result of her entering the quarantined home.
Firefighters responded to the residence at 11:15 p.m. Monday after neighbors spotted flames. Specialized Investigations Division detectives executed a search warrant on the property early Tuesday and found the ingredients and products necessary for manufacturing meth.
"This is such a safe neighborhood, and I have always felt safe here," said neighbor Megan Levi. "I didn't know she was cooking meth next door."
Monday night, Levi's husband saw smoking coming from Adkins' property.
"He asked if he could help her in any way. She didn't want any help," Levi said. "She didn't want him to call the fire department, but he did anyways."
Levi moved to West Nashville in July. She said she has seen Adkins and another man on the property.
"I'm not sure if they were actually living there," she said. "I'd see them come and go."
Adkins worked as a teacher for Metro Nashville Public Schools before resigning in 2012.
Adkins' bond on May 1 was set at $30,000. Her second arrest resulted in a bond of $80,000.
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