BLUFF CITY — Five people were arrested by Sullivan County authorities Friday night after they were allegedly caught at a home in Bluff City with multiple active methamphetamine labs.
Authorities with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence on Littrell Private Drive after its owners returned home from being out of town and saw two cars they didn’t recognize in their driveway.
When officers arrived at the scene, they were met by two males, including the homeowners’ grandson, Wesley O’Dell, 32, of Bristol, Tenn., and a female.
O’Dell, who was reportedly not allowed to be at the residence, told authorities and his grandparents that he had come there because it was raining and he had nowhere to go.
The second man on the porch was identified as Charles Hartley, 38, of Bristol, Tenn., while the female was identified as Melissa Timbs, 24, of Elizabethton.
Another male, identified as David Jones, 41, of Bristol, Tenn. was reportedly discovered inside the home during a search by authorities. SCSO K9 Misha reportedly located a second female — Erica Moore, 22 — hiding in a cubby hole in the home’s basement.
While searching the residence, authorities allegedly found several one pot meth lab bottles sitting in plain view.
After being given consent to search the remainder of the home, detectives with the SCSO Vice and Narcotics Unit and Tennessee Meth Task Force reportedly found four active one pot labs, one used cook bottle, 13 used gas generator bottles and a variety of ingredients used to make the drug.
O’Dell allegedly told investigators that the other suspects paid him $100 each for allowing them to cook meth in the residence.
All five were decontaminated at the scene before being transported to the Sullivan County Correctional Facility.
O’Dell, Hartley, Jones and Moore were each charged with burglary, promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Timbs was charged with promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
SCSO officers were assisted on the call by the 2nd Judicial Drug Task Force, the Bluff City Police Department and the Avoca Volunteer Fire Department.