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Two arrested as Elizabethton meth lab discovered

March 28th, 2012 5:06 pm by John Thompson

Two arrested as Elizabethton meth lab discovered

ELIZABETHTON — An attempt to serve an outstanding arrest warrant on a probation violation led to the discovery of a methamphetamine laboratory at a Sycamore Street residence on Tuesday evening.

Officers went to the residence to serve the warrant and were allowed inside. Cheyenne D. Lunceford, 21, Apartment B10, 400 S. Sycamore St., was arrested on the warrant. She was found in the room with Richard Jason Bryant, 30, 139 Argil Cox Road, Jonesborough, and a 17-month-old child. During the arrest, officers noticed several hypodermic needles and coffee filters in the room.

The officers were given consent to search the apartment and reported finding several hypodermic needles, plastic bags with white residue and electronic scales. A backpack was opened and inside officers said they found the elements of a clandestine “one pot” methamphetamine laboratory.

The discovery led to the to the calling of the Elizabethton Fire Department, the Carter County Rescue Squad, and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force to neutralize the apartment. The child was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Officers certified to investigate methamphetamine labs responded to dismantle the lab. The officers found an active one-pot methamphetamine lab and items to manufacture the substance, including drain cleaner, Coleman fuel, salt, coffee filters, a funnel, lithium batteries, tubing.

Lunceford, and Bryant were arrested on charges of promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule II drug, violation of a drug-free school zone and aggravated child neglect. Lunceford is additionally charged with maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances. Bryant also hand an outstanding violation of probation warrant out of Washington County.

The residence was quarantined. Lunceford and Bryant are scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on May 4.

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