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Three charged in Johnson County meth bust

Staff report • Jan 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

A child welfare check Monday by Johnson County deputies at a home in the Laurel Bloomery community led to the discovery of methamphetamine.

According to a news release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to a home on Gentry Creek road Monday to check on a child. The homeowner allowed the deputies into the home, where components for a one-pot meth lab were found.

Three people were arrested, according to the news release.

Mary Howard, Richard Shane Mabe and Barry Eugene Spicer were all charged with initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine.

Howard was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling.

The Tennessee Department of Children Services was called to assist with the child.

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force response truck was called to assist with the clean up of the meth lab.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation was continuing.

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