Deputies: Roan Mountain man charged with child endangerment after meth lab found at residence

John Thompson • Aug 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’ Department’s Special Operations Unit arrested a Roan Mountain man on several charges after evidence of methampetamine manufacturing was reportedly discovered at his residence on Sunday.

Martin James Tipton, 43, 295 Highway 143, Roan Mountain, was charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture, two counts of aggravated child endangerment, maintaining a dwelling where illegal narcotics are sold or manufactured, three counts of promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Agents went to Tipton’s residence to execute a search warrant. Officers reported finding a plastic bag in a closet that contained exposed cut lithium batteries, salt and an opened and emptied cold pack containing ammonium nitrate. Another unopened cold pack was found in Tipton’s bedroom. In a shed, the officers found a 16-ounce “gasser” bottle with residue and tubes. A plastic bag was also found in the shed that contained exposed cut lithium and a gallon of Coleman lantern fuel.

In the living room, officers found a set of digital scales. Officers said a search of Tipton’s vehicle uncovered about an ounce of marijuana and several plastic baggies. There were also several pipes in the car with methamphetamine residue that officers said were found in an ammunition can in the trunk of Tipton’s vehicle.

Officers also found Tipton’s year-old daughter had possibly been exposed to the manufacture of methamphetamine. The 7-year-old granddaughter of Tipton’s neighbor may also have been exposed, the agents said.

The officers said Tipton had purchased cold medicine containing psuedoephedrine, a key ingredient in methamphetamine, on three occasions.

Tipton is scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on Sept. 30.

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