Argument over laptop allegedly leads police to Bristol meth lab

Rain Smith • Jan 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Police say three people are facing drug charges following a Wednesday disturbance on Weaver Pike in Bristol, Tenn., where officers located an accused laptop thief hiding in a building with an active meth lab.

A press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to an argument at 3760 Weaver Pike at 11:30 a.m. A woman at the residence called police because John Carrier, 35, had allegedly stolen her laptop computer a few days prior.

She reportedly said the theft occurred while she was letting Carrier stay at her home, adding that he was currently hiding inside an outbuilding on a neighboring property.

Police say they checked the building and located not only Carrier, but also an active meth lab. At that point Vice and Narcotics detectives responded to take over the investigation, allegedly locating additional evidence of methamphetamine operations.

Due to a strong chemical odor that was allegedly detected in the theft victim's home, officer's asked for consent to conduct a search. They reportedly located items used for making meth both inside and outside the residence — and a woman with an outstanding warrant for probation violation hiding in the shower.

Police say the female, Brandy Moretz, 32, of 111 Gilbert Lane, Bristol, Tenn., was taken into custody. A man located at the home, James Vestal, 49, of the same Gilbert Lane residence, and Carrier were also arrested. All three suspects are facing a number of methamphetamine related charges.

Police say the alleged theft victim who called police was not charged Wednesday and an investigation is ongoing. She was reportedly letting the three drug suspects stay at her home.

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