Update: Meth labs found at Kingsport motel

Rain Smith • Jul 11, 2013 at 11:02 AM

KINGSPORT — Two people are in police custody following the discovery of a methamphetamine operation at a Kingsport motel, which led to the quarantine of four rooms.

Shortly before 1 p.m., Kingsport police and fire department personnel descended on West Side Inn, 1017 West Stone Dr. Officer Tom Patton, KPD spokesperson, says multiple one-pot meth labs were found at the scene.

As of 1:30 p.m., four rooms had been quarantined as a result of the discovery.

Kingsport police arrested John T. Wilson, 601 Mary St., Bristol, Va.; and Crystal M. Knowles, 26, 4201 Carters Valley Road, Church Hill at the scene.

Both Wilson and Knowles are charged with initiation of the methamphetamine manufacturing process. Knowles also faces charges of possession of Schedule IV drugs without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Patton said authorities were dispatched to the hotel after a citizen reported a suspicious odor coming from one of the rooms.

Wilson reportedly answered the door of the room when police knocked and admitted to officers that he had rented it. Knowles allegedly attempted to flee to the room's balcony, but Patton said she was quickly apprehended.

In addition to finding numerous one-pot meth labs, Patton said police also discovered enough pseudoephedrine in the room to make at least a gram of meth. A meth pipe and prescription pills were also allegedly found in Knowles' possession.

Both Wilson and Knowles were decontaminated by the Kingsport Fire Department before being transported to the City Jail.

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