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Six arrested, charged after ‘shake-and-bake’ meth labs discovered

August 23rd, 2011 10:06 am by Brad Hicks

ERWIN — Six people were arrested Saturday night by the Erwin Police Department after the discovery of two shake-and-bake methamphetamine labs at a South Street residence, according to Erwin Police Chief Regan Tilson.
Five of those arrested are from Erwin: Ethan Lewis, 20, 120 Bernie Blankenship Road; Thomas Gerry, 21, 1413 Chestoa Pike; Charles Court, 42, 183 Spar Mill Road; Tracy Heaton, 37, 514 Washington Street; and Regina Robinson, 35, 511B South St.
Also arrested was Jamie Baker, 38, 800 Dry Creek Road, Jonesborough.
Tilson said police received information Saturday evening regarding the whereabouts of a possible methamphetamine lab at a home on South Street.
Tilson said at around 8 on Saturday night, officers discovered two shake-and-bake methamphetamine labs inside the residence. The labs were neutralized by Erwin Police HazMat and were transported from the scene by the Tennessee Meth Task Force.
The scene was cleared at about 1:30 Sunday morning, Tilson said.
The residence allegedly used for the operation has been quarantined and will remain so until tested by industrial hygienists, Tilson said.
All arrested were booked in the Unicoi County Jail. Lewis and Gerry were charged with criminal conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Court was charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture. Baker was charged with promotion of methamphetamine. Heaton was charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture. Robinson was charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and maintaining a dwelling were drugs are used or sold.
The six arrested were arraigned Monday in Unicoi County Sessions Court. Court’s bond was set at $40,000 and others arrested had bonds set at $30,000 each. All six are scheduled to again appear in Sessions Court on Thursday.

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