Update: Two charged after Elizabethton meth lab found

John Thompson • Mar 9, 2012 at 1:52 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The discovery of a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory in a Bluefield Avenue house on Thursday has resulted in the arrest of two men by the Elizabethton Police Department.

Adam J. Taylor, 37, 1115 Bluefield Ave., was charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance, initiation of the process intended to result in methamphetamine, possession of Schedule II drug, possession of Schedule III drug, and violation of a drug free school zone, based on the fact the meth lab was within 1,000 feet of East Side Elementary School.

Marcus Ray Goins, 30, 1002 S. Second St., was arrested on charges of promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, initiation of the process intended to result in methamphetamine, and violation of the drug free school zone.

Capt. Joy Markland, head of the police department’s Criminal Investigation Division said officers went to 1113 Bluefield Ave. on Thursday afternoon in response to a tip about drug activity and possible manufacture of methamphetamine. Markland said when officers arrived at the residence, they could hear two individuals talking from below, in the basement. As they knocked on the front door they could hear sounds of items being moved and dropped.

As the door was opened, officers said they could smell a strong chemical odor. Taylor met the officers at the door and told them he was in the process of moving in to the residence from next door and said he had been spray painting, accounting for the chemical odor.

Markland said the chemical odor inside the residence was overwhelming.

She said Taylor admitted to combining several key ingredients inside a 2-liter bottle just prior to the arrival of the officers. He said the bottle had begun to smoke.

Markland said certified methamphetamine technicians went in the house and located the bottle. It was described as a “one pot” or “shake and bake” operation. The bottle had been concealed in a small space underneath a wooden table.

The search of the residence uncovered two containers of muriatic acid, a container of Coleman lantern fuel and empty Wal-phed cold tablets, coffee filters and plastic tubing.

Markland said Goins denied any knowledge of the meth lab. She said he explained a receipt for psuedoephedrine by saying he purchased the pills for Taylor’s son, who was sick.

The two men were set to appear in Sessions Court on April 30.

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