BY KEN LITTLE
Two men and two women are in custody after a methamphetamine lab was discovered Thursday in a room at the Days Inn, at 935 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy.
Agents of the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force received information about a possible meth lab in a hotel room.
Task force members responded, assisted by officers from the Greeneville Police Department and deputies from the Greene County Sheriff's Department.
They found "several components of a methamphetamine lab along with a small amount of methamphetamine inside Room 209," a drug task force agent said in a report.
Charged with manufacturing methamphetamine are Stacy Yvette Jett, 44, of Knoxville; Ronnie Gene Murphy, 41, of Knoxville; Jena Ann Wilson, 24, of Lenoir City; and Albert Boyd Manis, 41, of Knoxville.
The U.S. Marshals Service was also involved in the investigation.
According to one report, Greeneville Police Department officers went to the motel "to arrest two fugitives that were in the room."
Police found "what they knew through their experience and training to be components of a methamphetamine manufacturing lab," the report said.
A small amount of meth was found in the room, along with items used to make the highly addictive drug.
Items found in the hotel room included Coleman fuel, drain cleaner, salt, rubber tubing and lithium batteries.
Murphy was one of the fugitives sought by authorities, one of the reports said.
"When officers arrived near the motel room, a male fled from the rear door," the report said. "The suspect was ordered to stop but continued to run through the parking lot before being taken into custody."
Murphy was also charged with resisting a stop, frisk or halt order.
Wilson allegedly gave officers a false name. When her identity was confirmed, a records check showed that she had an active violation-of-probation arrest warrant from Loudon County, a report said.
Wilson was additionally charged with criminal impersonation.
During a search of Manis after he was taken into custody, a syringe and a spoon containing residue were found, resulting in a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bond for Manis, Murphy and Wilson was set at $51,000 each. Bond for Jett is $50,000. All four defendants were scheduled to appear today in Greene County General Sessions Court.
Assisting in the investigation were members of the Greeneville/Greene County Haz-Mat Team and the Greeneville/Greene County Emergency Medical Services.
A law enforcement hazardous materials team will go to the hotel today to determine the extent of cleanup necessary where the meth lab components were found, authorities said.