Five people were arrested Sunday for the involvement in the manufacture of methamphetamine from an Erwin residence, and all five also face child neglect charges due to two children being found at the residence, according to officials with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department.
— Larry Tinker, 57, 111 Meadow Brook Drive, Erwin, was charged with sale of a schedule II drug, initiation of methamphetamine manufacture and child abuse/neglect.
— Anthony Maupin, 37, 126 Connie Lane, Erwin, was charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture, child abuse/neglect and sale of a schedule III drug.
— Charles J. Court, 43, 183 Spar Mill Road, Erwin, was charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture and child abuse/neglect.
— Rachel F. Honeycutt, 27, 319 Crosswhite Lane, was charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture, child abuse/neglect and maintaining a dwelling where drugs are used or sold.
— Veronica Foster, 33, 6842 Linville Falls Highway, Newland, N.C., was charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture and child abuse/neglect.
UCSD Chief Deputy Frank Rogers said Monday that investigators with the sheriff’s department had initiated an investigation in January into drugs being sold from a residence at 319 Crosswhite Lane. Since that time, investigators had conducted undercover operations in which drugs were purchased from the residence, Rogers said.
Rogers said that on Sunday, Unicoi County 911 received an anonymous tip from a caller who said they saw individuals entering the Crosswhite Lane residence carrying chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The caller also reported those at the residence has placed an exhaust fan in a window of the residence, which Rogers said is indicative of the methamphetamine manufacture process as the fan is used to expel odors and toxic gases from the home.
According to Rogers, officials held warrants for multiple individuals known to reside or stay at the residence, and that the anonymous caller also reported a small child was present at the residence.
Officials moved in to serve the warrants and, after receiving consent to search the residence from Honeycutt, the home’s owner, found chemicals and apparatuses used in the methamphetamine manufacture process, including a mixture of chemicals already combined to initiate the manufacture process, Rogers said. He also said certified clandestine drug technicians at the scene detected the smell of chemicals and lithium consistent with the manufacture process.
Rogers said two children, ages 8 and 2, were also found inside. He said the children were taken to Unicoi County Memorial Hospital for decontamination due to chemical exposure. Rogers said the Department of Children Services will be responsible for the children’s placement.
The UCSD led the investigation and was assisted by the Erwin Police Department, the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
All five of the arrested appeared in Unicoi County Sessions Court on Monday. Tinker, Maupin and Court had corporate bonds set at $75,000. Corporate bonds of $30,000 were set for Honeycutt and Foster. All five are scheduled to again appear in Sessions Court on Thursday.