ERWIN — Two people were arrested Wednesday after evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing was discovered at a Unicoi County home.
Jarrod Hicks was charged with three counts of manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sara Simmons was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy to manufacture a schedule II drug and promotion of the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley said the arrests were part of an investigation being conducted by the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division and that evidence of manufacturing of methamphetamine was found at a home on Virgie Hicks Road in Unicoi, which was being rented by Hicks and Simmons.
“We have precursors that show us that they were getting ready to make another batch,” Hensley said.
Investigators also found a fire pit next to the residence, which Hensley said was used to destroy waste from previous manufacturing. Hensley said none of the components found Wednesday were active. Methamphetamine was also found in the home, Hensley said.
While he could not give a time frame, Hensley said he suspects the operation has been going on for some time.
Wednesday’s arrests follows the arrest last week of a Unicoi man for allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab in the Limestone Cove area and disposing of waste materials associated with the process in North Indian Creek.
Hensley said combating drugs in Unicoi County was a priority of his when he took office.
“We’re taking it very seriously,” Hensley said. “Our narcotics team is continuing to work on several investigations concerning methamphetamine in Unicoi County, and they’re doing an excellent job.”