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Report: Johnson City man charged after manufacturing methamphetamine, 5-year-old child inside home with lab

Jennifer Sprouse • Aug 30, 2013 at 4:19 PM

A wanted Johnson City man was arrested Wednesday night after Johnson City police responded to a home where he was reportedly cooking methamphetamine while he, two females and a 5-year-old child were inside.

According to a Sessions Court affidavit, police responded to 107 Captains Lane after they received information that Kyle A. White, 34, 1201 E. 8th Ave., Apt. 4, was allegedly inside making methamphetamine and that a small child was also in the home.

Police said they knocked on the front door that was not fully shut and upon entering the home through the open door they made contact with a female sitting on the couch. The female was asked outside due to the strong odor in the home and another female, identified as a resident in the home, was walking through the hallway inside and was also asked by officers to step outside.

According to the affidavit, the second female was asked where White was, and she told them he was inside, that they needed to look for him and said her 5-year-old son was still inside the home.

After police instructed her to call out to her son and he was located, police reentered the home and found White standing between a bathroom door and a small bedroom, where he was apprehended.

In the bathroom, police said two green bottles smoking from acid fumes were found in the trash can.

According to an affidavit, a black backpack containing items used for manufacturing methamphetamine, as well as other components for making the drug in a plastic bag, were found in a small bedroom inside the home.

Police also recovered several gasser bottles, two bottles used to cook methamphetamine, a used coffee filter soaked with various chemicals, two full and one empty bottles of crystal drain cleaner, one partial bottle of liquid drain cleaner, ammonium nitrate, sea salt, empty coleman fuel bottle with a receipt, lithium batteries that had been cut open and packaging and other items used to produce the drug.

A bottle releasing fumes was also found in a trash can outside, as well as a bag containing methamphetamine by-products from a cooking operation, were also found, police said.

According to the affidavit, interviews determined the 5-year-old boy was in the home at the time of the methamphetamine being manufactured.

White was charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and reckless endangerment and was taken to the Washington County Detention Center.

He was being held on $59,500 bond, pending a Sessions Court appearance today at 1:30 p.m.

Previously, White faced charges on four separate occasions.

According to a court affidavit, White was charged with identity theft on Aug. 21, after he gave another man’s name, social security number and address at Walgreens, 606 N. Broadway, while trying to buy Sudafed.

On Aug. 14, he was charged with driving on a suspended license, reckless endangerment, drug paraphernalia and a seatbelt violation after police tried to make a traffic stop and drove away speeding.

According to an affidavit, a witness called police to report a black SUV almost a hit a boy on a bicycle on East Myrtle Avenue and was parked in the backyard of 2107 E. Fairview Ave. White’s phone was recovered by the witness after he fled the scene and a search of the East Fairview Avenue residence found several needles and a set of measuring scales.

On April 28, White was charged with driving on a suspended license, identity theft, driving without possession of vehicle registration and drivers license violations after he reportedly gave police responding to a call about suspicious activity another man’s name and date of birth.

According to the affidavit, an officer recognized White from a department email and the PIN Center verified that he had a suspended license. An active warrant for theft of property over $1,000 was also discovered, following White’s alleged theft of a 2004 Ford Explorer in late March from a Johnson City home.

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