Two charged with making meth in home they were visiting

John Thompson • Feb 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

The residents of a home at 836 Blue Springs Road were relocated Saturday evening and two people who had been visiting the residence were arrested by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department on methamphetamine charges.

Sheriff Chris Mathes said in a news release that the residents are not suspected of being involved in the meth making, but were not able to stop the visitors from setting up the lab in a bathroom of their home.

The visitors, who were arrested, were identified by Mathes as Travis Don Hodge and Courtney Nicole Oliver.

Both were charged with initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and knowing physical abuse or gross neglect.

The last charge was placed for allegedly subjecting a disabled person to the toxic effects of an active meth lab.

A Carter County Jail official said Sunday evening that the woman in the case will pick up an additional charge after she gave police a false identity.

The official said the woman’s name is Courtney Nicole Williams.

Mathes said his deputies were alerted to the operation by 911. When officers arrived, they found the active lab, and heavy vapors were visible inside the residence.

Mathes said deputies evacuated everyone from the residence and detained them until the Carter County Rescue Squad could respond with its decontamination operation. The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force and the sheriff’s department’s Special Operations Unit also responded.

Mathes said further investigation revealed family members were inside the home when Oliver and Hodge arrived at 8:30 p.m. Investigators said at one point the family was told no one was to leave the house. Meth making material was allegedly brought inside the house by the visitors.

Mathes said the family objected and an argument started. One family member escaped the house and went to a neighboring home, where 911 was called.

Because there had been an active meth lab inside the home, Mathes said the residence was quarantined. The family members were relocated from their home.

Mathes said the investigation is continuing and other arrests are expected.

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