Meth lab found 802 feet from Elizabethton school

John Thompson • Feb 5, 2013 at 10:37 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Just 802 feet from T.A. Dugger Jr. High School, the Elizabethton Police Department uncovered a methamphetamine laboratory Monday and arrested a man and woman who resided there.

Brandon Michael Taylor, 32, and Della Elizabeth Yon, 35, both of 412 Lee Ave., were arrested on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, violation of a drug-free school zone, initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances and two counts of promotion of methamphetamine manufacture.

Carter County has become one of the leading counties in the state in the number of arrests on methamphetamine charges. Most of those arrests have been made in the county, but the Elizabethton Police Department has been making more methamphetamine arrests lately. In addition to the two arrests Monday, the department made three arrests last Wednesday.

The latest arrests came after some investigative work done by the police department. On Jan. 28, a confidential informant told officers that methamphetamine manufacturing was taking place on Lee Avenue. Officers were told that Taylor was manufacturing methamphetamine in the residence.

A police records check revealed that both Taylor and Yon had been making purchases of cold medicine containing psuedoephedrine, a vital ingredient in methamphetamine manufacture.

Following the records check, officers conducted a “trash pull” of the trash can located in front of the 412 Lee Ave. residence. Sorting through the garbage, the officers found an empty 32-ounce container of Coleman Premium Blend fuel, an empty two-pound container of Roebic drain cleaner, six pieces of green tubing, gauze, empty packages of Advanced Energizer lithium batteries, several empty boxes of cold medicine containing psuedoephedrine and coffee filters with a white powdery substance on them.

With those findings, arrests warrants were issued for Taylor and Yon. Elizabethton police officers went to the residence to make the arrests at 2:25 p.m. Monday. Taylor and Yon were arrested.

During the execution of the arrest warrants, two “one pot” clandestine methamphetamine laboratories were discovered in an outbuilding attached to the house.

With that discovery, the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force truck was contacted. Sgt. Patrick White and Patrolman Doug Combs donned protective clothing and neutralized the hazardous chemicals.

During a search of the residence, several items that officers said was consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine were found. These items included several bottles and jars with unknown liquids, coffee filters with white residue, a funnel with white residue, muriatic acid, salt, drain cleaner, Coleman fuel, tubing, empty packages of Energizer lithium batteries and empty blister packets of cold medicine containing psuedoephedrine.

Also found was a plastic Pepsi bottle with the words “hazard don’t driink” written on it.

Taylor and Yon are scheduled to answer the charges against them in Sessions Court on Feb. 11.

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