Ambush: Deputies lie in wait after meth components found in garage; 2 charged

John Thompson • Apr 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

ROAN MOUNTAIN — Carter County deputies and constables discovered all the ingredients needed for a working methamphetamine laboratory on Wednesday evening in a garage on Mountain Ridge Lane. The officers then hid on the premises until the suspected owners returned.

The deputies said two men drove in to the residence at 7:45 p.m. The officers got out of their hiding places and arrested Stormy Simerly, 22, and Shawn Tim Hughes, 40, both of 111 Mountain Ridge Lane. Both were charged with initiation of the process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hughes was also charged with possession of methamphetamine.

The incident began when Constable Tim Lyons reported seeing Hughes and Simerly standing in front of the garage at the residence. Lyons called Sgt. Harmon Duncan with the information and Duncan informed an officer of the sheriff department's Special Operations Division. The officers had already been working on cases of promotion of methamphetamine manufacture regarding Hughes and Simerly.

The Special Operations Officer met with Lyons and Constable Mark Carrier. The rode together in an unmarked car to 111 Mountain Ridge Lane. They met with a woman at the residence and received consent to search for Simerly and Hughes, as well as consent to search the garage for drugs and paraphernalia.

A brown leather bag was found in the garage which reportedly had all the necessary ingredients for a methamphetamine lab.

After the discovery of the meth lab implements, the officers hid behind the residence and waited for Hughes and Simerly. When the wanted men drove up, the officers left their cover and arrested them.

Methamphetamine laboratory clean up technicians and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force were called to the scene to document and destroy the chemicals and hazardous waste. Both Hughes and Simerly were decontaminated by the Carter County Rescue Squad Hazardous Materials Team and the Roan Mountain Volunteer Fire Department. They were then transported to the Carter County Jail by Constables Lyons and Carrier.

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