Elizabethton man arrested on meth charges

John Thompson • Apr 8, 2014 at 5:21 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A complaint about drug activity at Lot 12, 608 Locust St., led to the arrest of a man on methamphetamine manufacturing charges by the Elizabethton Police Department on Monday.

Capt. Joy Markland, chief of the Criminal Investigations Division, said officers went to the residence at 1:45 p.m. and reported discovering components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine in the trash outside the residence.

The officers spoke with Dana Charles Whaley, 45, who denied having any knowledge of the items the officers found. Markland said Whaley gave permission to search the residence, at which time officers found a piece of aluminum foil in the kitchen trash that contained burn marks.

Markland said Whaley then admitted using the foil to smoke methamphetamine. She said officers also found items in the kitchen trash which were known to be remnants of the components used to manufacture methamphetamine and paraphernalia used to smoke methamphetamine.

Whaley was charged with initiation of the process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Whaley is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on May 12.

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