Agents dispose of meth materials (Contributed/CCSO)
ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department executed a series of drug raids throughout the county early Tuesday, leading to 21 arrests by midday. The raids targeted methamphetamine traffickers.
Sheriff Chris Mathes said the roundup is called Operation Strike Two. He said other arrests were also made when people were encountered at the targeted locations who had outstanding warrants for their arrests.
In addition to the arrests, Mathes said four meth labs were uncovered, a 14-plant marijuana growing operation. He said drugs, guns and drug paraphernalia were also seized.
The sheriff has not yet released the names of all those arrested. Through court records, some details of the drug bust have become known.
One of those arrested was Andy Wayne Whitehead, 26, 109 Yard Hill Road. He had been indicted by a Carter County grand jury on May 2 on sale of Schedule II controlled substance (oxycodone). Investigator Nick Andes and several other deputies went to Whitehead’s residence to arrest him on Tuesday.
After making the arrest, Andes said he received a consent to search the residence. As he began his search, Andes said Whitehead admitted to having Suboxone tablets in a drawer. Andes found two whole tablets and two quarter tablets of Suboxone in an over the counter pill bottle. The investigator said he also found several rolled up pieces of paper and money that he said were used to snort the Suboxone tablets.
Whitehead was then also arrested on a charge of possession of Schedule III (Suboxone).
Lt. Mike Little said he went to the 191 Chambers Drive at 1:30 a.m. to serve an arrest warrant on Robin Boone. He said upon arrival, officers found Boone and took her into custody.
While at the residence, Little said officers encountered Bradley White. The officers including Chief Deputy Ron Street and invesitgator Travis Ludlow asked for and received permission to search the residence.
Upon searching the residence, the officers located numerous cutoff straws which contained a white powdery residue, scales and numerous items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.
These included a hydrochloric gas generator, psuedoephedrine tablets, Coleman lantern fuel, coffee filters with residue, and a plastic bottle cap with tubing inserted into the top. The officers also found a box of cold packs which contain ammonium nitrate, a catalyst chemical used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Little said White admitted to being a frequent user of methamphetamine and stated he used methamphetamine intravenously earlier.
Little and Lt. Patrick Johnson neutralized all the components related to methamphetamine manufacture. The items were them disposed of in accordance with standard procedures.
Mathes said the identity of all those arrested will be released Wednesday morning.