Two charged with making meth at one’s grandmother’s house

John Thompson • Feb 23, 2012 at 10:30 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A grandmother who provided a place to stay for her granddaughter had to find her own place to stay after Carter County deputies reported finding a meth lab in the granddaughter’s bedroom.

Shawna Buckles, 33, and Jason Buckles, 34, both of 600 N. Roan St., were each arrested on the charge of initiating the process to manufacture methamphetamine.

Investigators for the Carter County Sheriff’s Department came to the residence to check on a tip that methamphetamine was being made at the residence. Helen Miller is the owner of the house and she confirmed that Shawna was her granddaughter and she had let Shawna and Jason stay in a back bedroom. She summoned Shawna and Jason to the living room to speak with the officers.

Lt. Tim Horne explained the allegations and asked them if anything illegal was in their bedroom. Officers said Jason spoke and said there was a meth lab in the room.

Inside the room, investigators found a white trash bag that emitted a strong chemical smell that was common in meth labs. Plastic bottles were also found that contained a white substance in them that appeared consistent with a meth cooking operation.

Both allegedly admitted to ingesting methamphetamine just prior to the arrival of the deputies. While both the Buckles admitted knowledge of the meth lab, investigators said both denied ownership.

Horne summoned the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force to the home and he declared the house to be an official crime scene. Officers from the Elizabethton Police Department also provided assistance in rendering the lab safe for disposal.

The Buckleses are scheduled to answer the charges against each of them in Sessions Court on April 9.

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