ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County deputies allegedly found an active “one pot” meth lab Saturday afternoon in a vehicle occupied by two women who were the subject of an undercover drug investigation.
One of the women, Amanda Ashely Harrison (aka Amanda Rines), 24, 708 Petersburg Road, Rogersville, was also wanted for a parole violation.
Saturday afternoon the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit was assisting the sheriff’s patrol division in an attempt to locate Harrison to serve that warrant.
During the investigation, an undercover narcotics officer made arrangements to meet Harrison on West Bear Hollow Road around 2 p.m. while other units were in the area conducting surveillance.
When Harrison arrived, she had a female passenger who was later identified as Cortney Nicole Ramey, 25, 1920 Bowater Lane, Apartment A-12, Kingsport.
HCSO Narcotics Unit Lt. Chad Gillenwater said that as the undercover officer spoke with Harrison and Ramey, the officer detected an odor associated with meth manufacturing and then visually observed a “one pot” meth lab sitting on the passenger floorboard of Harrison’s vehicle.
The undercover officer also observed both women tending the meth lab, Gillenwater said.
Due to safety concerns, narcotics officers made the decision to end the investigation and place Harrison and Ramey in custody.
“The signal was given for other officers to move in, at which time the undercover officer identified himself and attempted to place both ladies in custody,” Gillenwater said. “Ms. Harrison was placed in custody, and Ms. Ramey ran on foot. Sheriff’s deputies gave chase to Ms. Ramey at which time she was caught and placed in custody.
“Both ladies were decontaminated and later transported to the Hawkins County jail where they were processed.”
Gillenwater said it was also determined that Harrison had just left 708 Petersburg Road, where narcotics officers had located and seized a meth lab several days earlier. That residence had since been placed under quarantine.
Items from inside the residence were allegedly recovered from Harrison’s vehicle.
Agencies including the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force, Striggersville Volunteer Fire Department and Hawkins County EMS assisted the HCSO at Harrison’s vehicle with hazardous waste cleanup.
Harrison and Ramey were each charged with initiating the process of manufacturing meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Harrison was additionally charged with violation of a meth lab quarantine. Ramey was additionally charged with evading arrest.
As of Wednesday, Harrison remained held without bond in the Hawkins County jail pending arraignment on Sept. 17.
Ramey remained held Wednesday on a $75,000 bond and also has a Sept. 17 arraignment.