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Washington County meth lab discoveries down in 1st quarter, sheriff says

Staff Report • Apr 10, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Methamphetamine lab discoveries in Washington County dropped dramatically in the year's first quarter compared to the same period in 2013, Sheriff Ed Graybeal said Thursday.

Through March 31, law enforcement agencies in the county had responded to 11 labs or dumpsites compared to 21 in 2013, including those investigated by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Johnson City Police Department and the 1st Judicial District Drug Task Force.

Of those, two were investigated by the Sheriff Office's investigators compared to 14 in 2013.

In January, investigators found lab components at 3224 Knob Creek Road. A suspect was named in the case, which will be presented to the Washington County Grand Jury for consideration.

Earlier this week, the Erwin Police Department and Washington County Sheriff's investigators assisted the Jonesborough Police Department in the cleanup of components of a meth lab discovered in a backpack inside a dumpster located on West Jackson Boulevard.

Graybeal said Sheriff’s Office investigators had taught six different meth lab recognition and awareness classes to various volunteer fire departments, high school classes and other groups of Washington County residents. nvestigators are available for future meth lab recognition classes. Any group interested should contact Lt. William D. Gregg at 423-788-1414.

Anyone with information on a methamphetamine lab or people involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine should contact a local law enforcement agency and report the information, Greaybeal said, as methamphetamine lab byproducts are both dangerous and deadly.

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