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Search of Bristol residence yields 50-plus meth cook bottles, marijuana equipment, moonshine still

Staff report • Jul 10, 2013 at 6:34 PM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — A Bristol man is facing numerous charges after police allegedly found evidence of drug manufacturing as well as a moonshine still inside a Virginia Avenue residence.

According to Sullivan County Sheriff's Office spokesman Leslie Earhart, information received following the discovery of a large meth dumpsite by SCSO Vice and Narcotics detectives on Ryder Church Road June 4 led officers to the Bristol home, where they went to speak with 43-year old James Skeens Tuesday.

Detectives made contact with relatives of Skeens, who gave them consent to search the residence. Officers found Skeens inside a room in the basement. They also located more than 50 one-pot methamphetamine cook bottles along with a variety of other items used in the meth making process. In addition, officers found equipment used in an indoor marijuana growing operation as well as a moonshine still.

Skeens was taken into custody and is facing a variety of charges related to the manufacture of methamphetamine. He is also charged with manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are used or sold and possession of a still.

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force responded to the scene to assist with cleanup. The SCSO was also assisted by the Bristol, Tenn., Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit, 2nd Judicial Drug Task Force and the Bristol, Tenn., Fire Department.

The investigation into the Ryder Church Road dumpsite as well as the alleged Virginia Avenue drug operation is ongoing.

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