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Three arrested in Wednesday Carter drug raid

John Thompson • Updated May 31, 2018 at 8:49 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department arrested three people in a drug bust on Wednesday. Deputies also seized $12,100 in cash, a .45-caliber pistol and drug paraphernalia.

The arrests were made at 200 Hamilton Road. Investigators from the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, Elizabethton Police Department and Drug Task Force were involved in the arrests. Law enforcement officers said residents at 200 Hamilton were under investigation for drug activity and departments had received complaints of drug activity at the residence.

Arrested were Theodore Norman Abel, 46, Michael Steven Munsey, 41, and Danielle Shay Matherly, 31. Inside a camper on the property, officers reported finding four 100 milligram morphine pills, half of a 200 milligram morphine pill, eight gabapentin pills and drug paraphernalia, including burnt spoons and needles.

Inside the residence, the officers said they encountered Abel. They said he had $12,100 in cash in his possession. During a search of the residence, officers reported finding items normally found in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. In a burn pit behind the residence, officers said they found strips of lithium and a Coleman fuel canister. Inside the house, officers said they found more Coleman fuel canisters and lithium batteries. The pistol was found in a bedroom.

Abel was charged with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are sold, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Munsey was charged with simple possession/casual exchange, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession without a prescription.

Matherly was arrested on a warrant charging her with failure to appear.

“We’ve had complaints about this property for a long time,” Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said. “It just takes time to build these cases, but I’m proud of my investigators and deputies for cleaning up this problem spot and making these arrests.”

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