4 charged in Unicoi Co. meth bust

Brad Hicks • Jan 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Four Unicoi County residents were arrested over the weekend by the Unicoi County Sheriff's Department for their alleged involvement in operating a methamphetamine lab in a county residence.

Marina E. Guyer, 19, 200 Blakenship Lane Lot #14, Erwin was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are used or sold and possession of drug paraphernalia. Nathaniel James Effler, 23, of the same address, was also charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are used or sold and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cody R. Roberts, 20, and Misty Dawn Potter, 36, both of 296 Blaine White Road, Erwin, were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

According to a release from the sheriff's department, UCSD Patrol Sgt. Gregg Copp was dispatched to Guyer's and Effler's Blankenship Lane residence on Saturday to conduct a welfare check on Guyer and Effler. The release states the grandmother of on the two residents has requested the check after finding the door to the residence open and items from within the residence lying on the front porch. The grandmother also reported a strange smell coming from inside the residence, the release states.

After making entry into the residence, Copp, who is a trained clandestine drug lab technician, identified an active methamphetamine lab which had ruptured, according to the sheriff's department. Copp also identified other chemicals used in the methamphetamine manufacturing process, the sheriff's department release states.

Officers from the sheriff's department, the Erwin Police Department and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force responded to dismantle the lab. Two additional apparatuses which had been used to manufacture methamphetamine were also recovered during the dismantling process, and all of the hazardous waste was turned over to the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force's disposal technician, according to sheriff's department officials.

UCSD Chief Deputy Frank Rogers said investigation revealed that Potter and Roberts were also involved in manufacturing methamphetamine out of the Blakenship Lane residence.

Three of the four arrested appeared in Unicoi County General Sessions Court on Monday. A $2,000 corporate bond was set for Guyer, s $50,000 corporate bond was set for Effler, and a $75,000 corporate bond was set for Potter. All four of those arrested are scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on Jan. 17.

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