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Tip leads Hawkins detectives to meth lab

Staff report • Apr 25, 2007 at 12:00 AM

A tipster led the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit to an alleged meth operation Friday night.

Detective Gary Murrell stated in his report that the tipster indicated that Joseph Wade "Jo-Jo" Elmore, 25, 1036 Locust St., Rogersville, would be trying to make meth at his home and at another Locust Street residence.

Narcotics detectives set up surveillance, and shortly before midnight witnessed Elmore make several trips on foot between the two residences and also dump a blue backpack in the back yard near a garbage can.

Detectives conducted a "knock and talk," and upon speaking to Elmore, officers said he admitted to dumping the backpack. Inside the backpack detectives found several items used in meth manufacturing including drain cleaner, starting fluid, acetone, hoses, aluminum foil and two jars of an unknown liquid. Elmore was charged with attempt to manufacture meth.

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