Deputies examine evidence at the lab on Scenic Drive in Boones Creek (Ron Campbell/Johnson City Press)
A man already wanted by authorities now faces additional charges after deputies discovered multiple one-pot methamphetamine labs at his residence while attempting to serve him with outstanding warrants.
According to Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal, deputies went to 125 Scenic Drive in Boones Creek on Friday morning to serve the warrants on Richard Norris, 42, for previous charges of violation of probation, failure to appear and failure to report to jail.
Norris wouldn’t answer the door when officers knocked, but the could see him trying to hide under the structure, according to a press release.
“We went in on some warrants (Friday) morning and the guy barricaded the door,” Graybeal said. “The boys had to beat the doors down with some sledgehammers.”
Norris reportedly was found hiding in a crawl space beneath the floor. Twelve one-pot meth labs, meanwhile, were discovered in the garage area of the home along with a small amount of the finished drug.
Haz-mat crews were called to the scene around 8:15 Friday morning and remained there for several hours to clear the area of the contaminants.
Two small dogs were taken into custody by Washington County/Johnson City Animal Control for decontamination also, Graybeal said.
Norris now faces additional charges of resisting arrest, cruelty to animals, initiation of methamphetamine process and maintaining a dwelling where controlled substances are stored, used or distributed.
He was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $22,000 bond pending his arraignment in court next week.
According to Graybeal, Norris is the son of the late K.D. Norris, who was brutally murdered in a garage adjacent to his home and barbershop in Gray in 1995.
Authorities are on the scene of a methamphetamine bust on Scenic Drive off Flourville Road in Boones Creek.
According to Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal, deputies went to the residence to serve warrants on Richard Norris when they discovered four, possibly five, one-pot meth labs at the home.
"We went in on some warrants this morning and the guy barricaded the door," Graybeal said. "The boys had to beat the doors down with some sledgehammers."
Norris reportedly was found hiding in a crawl space beneath the floor. The meth labs were discovered in the garage area of the home.
Haz-mat crews were called out to the scene around 8:15 this morning. Firefighters and police officers remained on the scene a couple hours later.
According to Graybeal, Norris had been taken to the WCSO for further questioning.
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