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April 17, 2014

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2 Meth Labs Busted Friday;
Pushes Total For Year To 3

Originally published: 2014-01-20 11:07:45
Last modified: 2014-01-20 11:26:59
 


BY KRISTEN BUCKLES AND KEN LITTLE

STAFF WRITERS

The Greene County Sheriff's Department busted two meth labs Friday night, resulting in five arrests, according to Deputy Brandon Ricker.

Ricker said in an interview Saturday with The Greeneville Sun that Deputy Jimmy Willett and Deputy Robert Livingston arrested four individuals Friday night at 115 Williamson Road, Chuckey. All are scheduled to appear Wednesday in General Sessions Court.

Chad Benjamin Dunbar, 31, of 125 Pig Broyles Road, Limestone, was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, initiation of the process intended for the manufacture of methamphetamine, and possession of a Schedule III drug (hydrocodone).

Deputies were called to the address on a report of a possible meth lab. When they arrived, several people, including Dunbar, were inside the garage "with components used for cooking meth," a report said.

As Dunbar was being placed under arrest, .9 grams of meth were found on the floor of the garage.

Deputies determined that Dunbar allegedly was the cook, a report said.

Eight hydrocodone pills were found on Dunbar, the report added.

Bond for Dunbar was set at $101,000.

OTHERS ARRESTED

* Michael Lynn Mercer, of the Williamson Road address, was charged with promotion of methamphetamine.

Mercer committed the offense "by knowingly letting people use his garage knowing they intended to make meth," a report said.

Bond for Mercer is $10,000.

* Billy Lee Landers, 46, of 121 Fox Road, was charged with initiating the process intended for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Landers was one of the people inside the garage and committed the offense he is charged with "by knowingly helping in the process to make meth," a report said.

Bond for Landers is $50,000.

* Joshua M. Burke, 31, of 508 Bingham St., Elizabethton, was arrested and charged with promoting methamphetamine manufacture.

A report said Burke knowingly purchased pseudoephedrine, used in the meth manufacturing process.

Bond for Burke was set at $10,000.

SECOND METH LAB

Deputies made another arrest Friday night after receiving reports of a meth lab in a barn outside a house in the 1700 block of Bear Hollow Road.

George Clifford Manis, 38, of 1517 Poor Valley Road, Rogersville, was arrested and charged with initiation of the process intended for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

After getting consent to search the barn, deputies found "components used to manufacture methamphetamine," Willett said in a report.

Manis "had been staying with the people at the residence" and told deputies "he was the one cooking in the barn," the report said.

"He stated that he had cooked twice in the past couple of weeks and that he had cooked off around 2-1/2 grams and sold most of it," the report said.

Bond for Manis was set at $50,000, with a first scheduled General Sessions Court appearance on Wednesday.

The number of meth labs found to date this year in Greene County -- three -- is unprecedented, Sheriff Steve Burns said today.

"We've never seen that before -- three in January," he said.

OTHER INVESTIGATIONS

The meth epidemic is not confined to Greene County.

Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said Friday at a press conference that 58 defendants from the area have been convicted on meth conspiracy-related charges in federal court in connection with two investigations started in 2009.

The Greene County Sheriff's Department assisted in the investigations.

Among those defendants were at least four from Greene County.

* Charles A. Jones Sr., 44, of 115 Greene County Lane Road, Chuckey, was sentenced to 135 months in prison after being charged with charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine and maintaining a place for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine.

* Heather A. Jones, 31, of 114 Greene County Lane Road, Chuckey, was sentenced to 97 months in prison after being charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and possession of equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine and maintaining a place for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine.

* Andrew D. Rowland, 42, of 102 Greene County Line Road, Chuckey, was sentenced to 46 months in prison on charges of conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and possession of equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine and maintaining a place for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine.

* Joshua L. Scarlett, 29, of 180 Rock Quarry Road, Afton, was sentenced to 84 months in prison after being charged with conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine.

 
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