Police: Meth operation found at tent in Sullivan County

Rain Smith • Jun 25, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Two people have been arrested after the alleged discovery of a methamphetamine operation at a tent along the northern most part of Sullivan County.The incident occurred Monday on Sweet Hollow Road, east of South Holston Lake at the Virginia border. Sullivan County Sheriff's Office personnel responded to the property on a tip that Dustin James Stamper, 34, of Rhymer Road in Damascus, Va., was making meth at a tent. When police arrived they allegedly observed a smoking bottle that contained a white substance. SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says the property owner consented to a search, saying Stamper and a female had been staying in the tent for the past week. Along with the smoking bottle, police say they also discovered additional items needed to make methamphetamine. The Tennessee Meth Task Force was notified and responded to the scene. Soon Stamper and the female, Teresa Carol Winters, 40, of Azen Road in Damascus, arrived at their campsite. They were each arrested and charged with promotion of methamphetamine and initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Stamper was additionally charged with violation of probation.

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