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Police: 2 arrested after mobile meth lab found in Elizabethton

Staff Report • Sep 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Police announced Monday the weekend arrests of two men on meth-related charges following a Walmart shoplifting investigation and traffic stop that led officers to a mobile meth lab in a minivan.

Jay Allen Whaley, 51, 741 Hairetown Road, Jonesborough, and Anthony Lee Grindstaff, 33, 102 Suncrest Drive, Elizabethton, were each charged with initiation in the process to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Police said patrol officers were dispatched to Walmart, 1001 Overmountain Drive, to check on a shoplifting report about 6:15 Sunday. Dispatchers advised that a Ford Windstar involved in the case had left the area, and police stopped the minivan in the parking lot of CVS, 1100 West Elk Ave.

Police learned that the driver, Grindstaff, had a revoked license, so he was arrested and police searched the minivan, finding a tool box that contained numerous components for making methamphetamine. Police also found an active "one pot" methamphetamine lab under the front passenger's seat, police said.

Other items found in the minvan included a measuring spoon, a container with Ammonia Nitrate, two funnels, salt, kerosene, glass jars, hypodermic syringes and other items of drug paraphernalia.

Grindstaff and Whaley are scheduled to appear Oct. 18 in Carter County Sessions Court.

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