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Sleeping motorists allegedly found with ‘mobile meth lab’

August 25th, 2013 3:22 pm by Jeff Bobo

Sleeping motorists allegedly found with ‘mobile meth lab’

Justin Dale Robinson

ROGERSVILLE — A Virginia couple were arrested last week in Rogersville after allegedly being found “passed out” in a vehicle containing a mobile meth lab as well as a variety of drugs and paraphernalia including a marijuana grinder that looked like a handgun.

Upon being awakened by police the male suspect, Justin Dale Robinson, 25, of 16243 Elementary Drive, Abingdon, Va., allegedly reached for the handgun cylinder replica under he seat and was “removed” from the vehicle by the officer.

Early Tuesday morning Rogersville City Police Department Officer Travis Fields was dispatched to the Arrowhead Market, 7945 Highway 11-W, on a complaint of a male and female passed out inside of a vehicle. 

According to a report filed by Sheriff Ronnie Lawson, Fields was able to awaken the couple, at which time Robinson reportedly reached under the seat, and refused Field’s verbal commands to stop. 

“Officer Fields then observed Mr. Robinson to be holding what appeared to a piece of a revolver handgun,” Lawson said. “Due to Mr. Robinson failing to comply with any verbal commands and continually reaching under the seat, Mr. Robinson was then removed from the vehicle. At that time, the item resembling a piece of a revolver was determined to be a marijuana grinder, containing a small amount of marijuana, which was a revolver cylinder replica.”

The female occupant was identified as Dawn Amanda Albritton, 23, 10515 Forrest Hills Drive, Glade Springs, Va. 

Fields allegedly observed two syringes lying in plain view within the vehicle, and Robinson was also found to be in possession of two baggies of a white powder-like substance, believed to meth. 

A search of Albritton’s purse revealed a baggie of a clear crystal-like substance believed to be a potent form of meth commonly referred to as “Ice”, as well as two syringes, one spoon, and pseudoephedrine pills. 

Fields requested the assistance of the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.

A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed the couple to be in possession of 58 Baclofen pills, which are a non-scheduled substance, belonging to the muscle relaxer family and a machete-type knife.

Police also allegedly found several items associated with manufacturing meth including pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries, assorted zip lock baggies, glass smoking pipes, digital scales, as well as an additional small amount marijuana. 

Lawson added, “Narcotics officers also recovered a “non-activated” meth laboratory inside the vehicle, which had been composed in a plastic Gatorade-like bottle. 

Robinson and  Albritton were decontaminated and booked on charges including initiating the process of manufacturing meth, promoting the manufacturing of meth, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of legend drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of prohibited weapon.

They remain held in the Hawkins County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Assisting at the scene were the Hawkins County Emergency Management Agency, Rogersville Fire Department, Hawkins County EMS, and the Tennessee Meth & Pharmaceutical Task Force. 

Narcotics officers packaged all hazardous waste, which was properly removed from the scene, and seized and quarantined the couple’s 1996 Geo Metro car.

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