Meth lab odor leads Hawkins deputies to four suspects

Jeff Bobo • Apr 28, 2010 at 12:00 AM

SURGOINSVILLE — Hawkins County deputies sniffed out an alleged meth lab Friday at a residence just south of Surgoinsville and arrested four people after the lab was poured down the drain of a Jacuzzi bathtub.

The incident had been under investigation for several days following the arrests Friday, and information was released by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

According to reports, Deputy Chad Britton was on routine patrol Friday passing the residence at 1932 Longs Bend Road about 3 a.m. when he detected a strong chemical odor associated with methamphetamine labs.

He contacted Cpl. Brian Boggs, and the two conducted a “knock and talk” investigation at the residence. Upon speaking to the renter of the mobile home, the officers received consent to search.

During that search the deputies allegedly located several meth lab components and ingredients and contacted the HCSO Narcotics Unit.

Arrested at the residence were Joshua Paul Dishner and Jessica Robin Warrick, both of 1932 Longs Bend Road, Surgoinsville; Jerry Michael Davidson, 207-20 Carters Valley Loop, Rogersville; and Leslie Elizabeth Wright, 1428 Christians Bend Road, Church Hill.

All four were charged with initiation of the meth manufacture process, possession of meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dishner and Warrick were also charged with maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are housed or sold, and Wright was additionally charged with possession of marijuana for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Among the items seized were a pitcher containing ephedrine “pill wash” in the bathroom and a meth lab that had recently been poured down the drain of a Jacuzzi style bathtub and nearby shower, police said.

A white residue found on a mirror in the bathroom was field tested and allegedly proved to be meth. A small amount of meth was also found in a folded piece of tinfoil in the kitchen, police said.

Another ephedrine pill wash was allegedly located in the laundry room, and deputies found empty ephedrine-based cold medicine packs and other meth lab related items in garbage bags.

More meth lab components were allegedly found in Warrick’s car including ammonia nitrate.

Davidson’s vehicle contained a jug of muriatic acid and two bags of dry ice, police said.

In Wright’s purse deputies allegedly found packs of ephedrine cold medicine and receipts for the purchase of meth lab components.

All four are scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions Court on May 5.

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