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14 arrested on meth charges

August 19th, 2011 8:47 pm by John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department implemented the second phase of a roundup of methamphetamine violations on Friday morning with the arrest of 14 men and women.
Capt. Tom Smith said the arrests were the result of an 18 month investigation into the illegal purchase of cold remedies that contain psuedoephedrine, one of the basic ingredients in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Sheriff Chris Mathis said the first phase concentrated on Johnson County citizens who were purchasing the cold medicines at Carter County pharmacies. The latest phase concentrated on Carter County residents. The groups were split to lessen the crunch of so many grand jury indictments hitting the court system at once.
Smith said Friday’s raids began at 5:30 a.m. and were finished by noon. A total of 14 Carter County deputies and two agents from the First Tennessee Judicial District Drug Task Force participated in the roundup.
In addition to the arrests, Smith said a small methamphetamine lab was found at 117 Phillip Nave Road. It consisted of one “shake and bake” operation. A quarter ounce of product and a small amount of waste product was discovered. In addition, three pistols and a sawed-off shotgun were seized.
The individuals arrested on grand jury indictments on Friday were charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture. These included:
- Dana Guess, 15 counts, $100,000 bond;
- William Oxendine, 17 counts, $100,000 bond;
- James Harmon, 12 counts, $100,000 bond;
- Katrina Heath, 20 counts, $200,000 bond;
- Robbie Lyons, 11 counts, $30,000 bond;
- Jeffrey Hill, 45 counts, $400,000 bond;
- Karen Campbell, 33 counts, $200,000 bond;
- Mitchell Campbell, 32 counts, $200,000 bond;
- Martha Roark, 53 counts, $400,000 bond;
- Robert Campbell, 25 counts, $100,000 bond;
- Lynn Scalf, 11 counts, $50,000 bond;
- Sharon Nave, 18 counts, $100,000 bond;
- Teresa Jean Perry Whitehead, 33 counts, $200,000 bond.

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