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Drug bust nets three arrests

Staff Reports • May 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM

ERWIN –– Three people were arrested Friday night during a methamphetamine drug bust in Unicoi County, Sheriff Mike Hensley said.

According to Hensley, Ray English, 30, Autumn McKinney, 25 and Joseph Banner, 33, were all charged after a search of their property revealed 35 methamphetamine sites, 10 of which were still active.

The Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department also found precursors to make methamphetamine, including liquid fire, cold packs and lithium batteries while searching the property Saturday.

“It’s probably going to be the largest shake and bake methamphetamine labs in Unicoi County history,” Hensley said.

English was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, McKinney was charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine and Banner was charged with selling controlled schedule II drugs.

English, McKinney and Banner were taken to the Unicoi County Jail and were held without bond.

The three are scheduled to be arraigned in Sessions Court on Monday at 9:30 a.m.

Hensley said the investigation was ongoing.

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