ROGERSVILLE - The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office made its first meth lab arrests of 2007 Wednesday evening, although it was the second lab seized since the New Year.
Detectives received a tip Wednesday around 6 p.m. that two suspects using a residence at 1184 McKinney Chapel Road had been purchasing ingredients associated with meth manufacturing.
HCSO Narcotics Unit detectives then set up surveillance at the residence, and after a short time they observed two male suspects near a shed at the back porch of the residence.
"Both subjects were then observed with an LED light going back and forth to an area near a fence above the residence," Detective Gary Murrell stated in his report. "The person in control of the residence gave written consent to search, at which time an active methamphetamine cook was found in the back yard near the fence."
The search took place at 9 p.m., and three people were arrested.
The two male suspects who detectives allegedly witnessed going back and forth from the house to the meth lab were Robert Brian Hodge, 28, 420 Petersburg Road, Rogersville; and Benji Wayne Davis, 31, 322 Cave Ridge Road, Rogersville.
Also arrested at the residence was Amber Beth "Cinnamon" Gibson, 20, 399 Webb Road, Rogersville.
Aside from the cooking meth lab, detectives also seized starting fluid cans, tubing, lithium batteries and strips, and liquid fire containers. A pink pill believed to be morphine was also found in Gibson's purse.
All three were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Gibson was additionally charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics.
Last week deputies found their first meth lab of 2007 discarded along the side of the road on McKinney Chapel Road, but Sheriff Roger Christian said Thursday there are no suspects associated with that lab.
Last year the HCSO seized 12 meth labs, compared to more than 30 the year before.
All three suspects remained lodged in the Hawkins County Jail on Thursday under $25,000 bond. They are scheduled for arraignment Jan. 22 in sessions court.