Couple arrested on meth-related charges twice in 3 days

Rain Smith • May 3, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Three days after being charged with shoplifting items used to make methamphetamine, a Kingsport couple were arrested again on Wednesday following the alleged discovery of meth labs in their residence.

Police say the Department of Childrens Services also responded to the home, with authorities currently working to determine if their three children have been subjected to the meth cooking operations. The juveniles were not present at the time of the alleged meth lab discoveries, with an investigation into possible child endangerment charges continuing.

Nathan D. Cox and Sherry E. Cox, each 36, were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon at their home, 225 Hiara Drive. They were both charged with initiation of a process intended to create meth, maintaining a dwelling where illegal drugs are stored, used or sold and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the Kingsport Police Department's Vice and Narcotics Unit, officers were accompanying DCS workers during a visit to the home. The visitation was due to the Sunday arrest of the pair at Walmart on West Stone Drive, where they were allegedly caught stealing pseudoephedrine, coffee filters and lithium batteries — key components to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Following that incident they were each transported to the Sullivan County jail in Blountville, charged with shoplifting and initiation of a process intended to manufacture meth. Early Wednesday morning each posted a $4,750 bond and were released.

When police and DCS visited their home Wednesday afternoon no children were present, but officers did reportedly locate three one-pot meth labs in the residence.

And electronic tracking of the couple's pseudoephedrine purchases, along with other items located in their home, suggest they've conducted several cooks since January, said KPD Det. Nathan Elliott. Their children's clothing and other items were reportedly inside the residence.

Nathan and Sherry Cox were arrested at the scene. An investigation to determine if meth operations have occurred while their children were in their care is continuing, with additional charges pending.

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