ELIZABETHTON — Two area men this week discovered just how serious meth lab quarantine signs are.
Robert Gibbs, 49, 3619 Greenwood Drive, Johnson City, and James Douglas Jones, 41, 267 Buck Mountain Road, Roan Mountain, were charged with violating the quarantine on Wednesday afternoon after Deputy James Stevens observed the men on the site of a former methamphetamine laboratory at 127 Holly Hill Road, Roan Mountain. The lab had been raided by the 1st Judicial District Drug Task Force in 2011.
Stevens said he was on routine patrol when he saw a black pickup truck backed into the garage at 127 Holly Hill Road. He spoke with Gibbs and Jones, who told him they were collecting scrap iron from the location and had not read the quarantine notice that was on bright yellow signs that were clearly visible on the front door, near the parked pickup truck.
The men told Stevens they had been given permission to pick up scrap metal at the location. Stevens cited state law which said it was an offense for anyone “to enter onto quarantined property.”
Jones was also served with an outstanding warrant charging him with failure to appear in Sessions Court.