Local law enforcement officials continue to battle the prevalent methamphetamine labs often found in the region with raids, arrests and cleanup efforts. Recent JohnsonCityPress.com articles about methamphetamine in the Tri-Cities:
• Study shows meth on rise; area law enforcement continue efforts to stop it. There’s no way to ignore the strong hold meth has on East Tennessee, and that hold doesn’t seem to be loosening, according to a recent state study.
• 21 arrested in early morning Carter Co. drug raids. ELIZABETHTON — Carter County Sheriff Chirs Mathes said there are now 21 people who have been arrested in Operation Strike Two. The arrests began early this morning in a countywide effort targeting drug traffickers.
• 12 charged in Johnson County meth roundup. MOUNTAIN CITY — A dozen Johnson County residents were charged Tuesday in a meth roundup conducted by the Sheriff's Office and other agencies.
• Guilty plea entered in Unicoi drug, gun case. ERWIN — One of the four people arrested in June for their alleged involvement in a drug trafficking organization that officials said saw the sale of cocaine from a Unicoi business is set to be sentenced in March in U.S. District Court in Greeneville after formally pleading guilty to two drug and firearm-related charges.
• Meth lab dump site found in Boones Creek. An inmate work crew found what turned out to be components of a meth lab on Rockingham Road Thursday, according to a Washington County Sheriff’s Department official.
• JC Police: Two charged with child neglect after Wilson Ave. meth incident. A Johnson City couple arrested Sunday on drug and child abuse charges told police they smoked meth that night while their 2-year-old and infant sons were in their apartment.
• Meth dump site discovered in Hampton. ELIZABETHTON — A methamphetamine laboratory dump site was found Monday at the end of Hampton View Road in Hampton.
• Five charged with making meth, child neglect in Erwin. 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.
• Meth lab found 802 feet from Elizabethton school. 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.
• Child abuse, drug charges placed after Mountain City meth lab discovered. MOUNTAIN CITY — Three children recently were removed from a Mountain City residence and four people were arrested after authorities found a methamphetamine lab there, Johnson City Sheriff Mike Reece announced.
• Police say mobile meth lab busted in Abingdon. ABINGDON, Va. — A Meadowview man was arrested on drug charges Monday after officers with the Washington County, Va., Sheriff’s Office busted a mobile methamphetamine lab Friday night, according to a news release.
• 4 charged in Unicoi Co. meth bust. 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.
• Meth lab found in Gray mobile home. While serving a warrant on a violation of probation charge on a man in Gray, Washington County sheriff’s investigators say they discovered an active meth lab.
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