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Mother of four charged in meth-making operation

March 14th, 2014 9:17 pm by John Thompson

Mother of four charged in meth-making operation

Courtney Carr

ELIZABETHTON — After reportedly catching a father and son red-handed in the act of methamphetamine making on Monday, the Carter County Sheriff’s Department’s follow-up has led to the arrest of the son’s wife Thursday for allegedly purchasing cold medicine to provide the raw material for making the drug.

Courtney Chantel Carr, 24, Maiden, N.C., was charged with seven counts of promotion of meth manufacture. She was transported to the Carter County Detention Center, where her husband, Gary Scott Carr Jr., 25, Maiden, N.C., and her father-in-law, Gary Scott Carr Sr., 54, address unavailable, were each charged with initiation of the process intended to result in the manufacture of meth and promotion of meth manufacture. Carr Sr. was also charged with criminal trespassing and theft under $500.

Deputies said they made the meth lab discovery Monday while they were on a routine trip to 203 Laurels Road, Johnson City, to serve outstanding arrest warrants on the resident, April Cassandra Fields, 24.

When the officers arrived at Fields’ residence, they noticed a metal shed at the end of the driveway with a light on inside, and they observed movement. The deputies went to the shed’s door and smelled a chemical odor and saw smoke coming out of the door.

Sgt. Harmon Duncan reported that when officers opened the door, they found Carr Jr. holding a “gasser” bottle, gassing off a container of meth oil. The deputies ordered the two men to get out of the building. The deputies could see a two-liter bottle and a 20-ounce plastic bottle on the floor that contained white residue. There were two other plastic bottles on a table with tubes running through their caps, emitting a smoky vapor.

The metal shed was quarantined. Duncan said Fields’ residence was about 50 yards away from the shed, across a creek and a bridge. It was not quarantined.

Inside the mobile home, deputies found three more adults. One of the adults was with his 4-year-old son. Another adult was identified as Courtney Carr. She was with her four children, who were between 2 and 6 years old. Duncan said meth had not been made in the residence, and tests showed no one in the residence had been exposed to meth. He said Mrs. Carr told him she had no knowledge of meth being made in the shed.

The following day, the Department of Children’s Services investigated the family at their new location at the residence of John Dove, 1307 Gibson St., Johnson City. Duncan reported Mrs. Carr tested positive for meth during that investigation.

Duncan said further investigation revealed Dove was a frequent buyer of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in making meth. Duncan said Mrs. Carr was found to have made seven purchases of pseudoephedrine between November and March, “some of which were consistent with buys made by others in this case, leading to the belief by investigators that she had participated in acquiring pseudoephedrine for diversion to the manufacture of methamphetamine.”

During the latest investigation, Duncan said Mrs. Carr and her four children relocated again to 135 Hurley Hollow Road, where she was arrested. The four young children were again relocated by the Department of Children’s Services.

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