ELIZABETHTON — A man whose mobile home burned down over the past weekend was in Carter County Sessions Court on Tuesday to answer a charge that he had been involved in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.
Edward Hal Eliiott, 52, 127 Holly Hill Road, Roan Mountain, was charged with initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine and attempted tampering with evidence.
Judge John Walton appointed a public defender for Elliott and ordered him to report back to court on Oct. 4.
Cater County deputies said they discovered the meth lab on Aug. 5 when Deputy Larry Vaughn responded to a trailer fire on Eliott’s property. When he arrived at 6:16 a.m. he said the trailer was engulfed in flames and the Roan Mountain Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene. He said there was no electrical service to the mobile home, which had been quarantined by the sheriff’s department after an earlier meth lab was reportedly discovered in the home on June 8.
Capt. Tom Smith said Elliott had moved to an adjoining metal garage next to the trailer after it was quarantined. April Campbell, 31, 4629 U.S. Highway 321, Butler, also was in the garage at the time of the investigation.
Smith said permission was given to search the premises and investigators found a clear plastic bottle containing what his experience told him was waste from a “one-pot” type of meth production.
He said officers also saw Elliott go to the back of the garage and move another bottle from behind a plank. Officers suspected it also contained waste from meth production. Smith said Elliott had planned to throw the bottle into a field to keep the garage from being quarantined like the mobile home had been. That led to the tampering with evidence charge.
Campbell also is scheduled to answer the charge of initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine on Oct. 4.