From top left, clockwise, Elizabeth Bowen, Billy Joe Bowen, Christopher Russell and Derrick Gibson. KPD mugshots.
A request for a welfare check on children at a Kingsport residence has led to four arrests and the discovery of "several" one pot meth devices.
Two of the three children who were reported to be at the home were present at the time of the incident. Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton says a separate investigation into their welfare is being conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division and Department of Children's Services.
The arrests occurred Monday night at 204 Virgil Avenue. According to documents filed in Kingsport General Sessions Court, Kingsport police were accompanying DCS to check on the juveniles.
Affidavits state Kingsport police officers observed "signs of illegal drug use" at the home, with resident Elizabeth Bowen, 25, consenting to a search. Multiple drug paraphernalia items were reportedly located, including needles and pipes, while statements from individuals who were present led KPD vice detectives to be dispatched to the scene.
In the basement those investigators reportedly found "several one pot meth labs" containing the remains of previous meth cooks.
All four adults who were present during the police search were arrested aand booked into the city jail. Prior to transport, they were decontaminated at the scene by the Kingsport Fire Department.
Residents Elizabeth Bowen and Billy Joe Bowen, 27, are charged with initiation of a process intended to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are sold, stored, or used and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police say Derrick Gibson, 29, of 256 Ramey Town Road, Church Hill, had a baggie containing methamphetamine in his possession, while Christopher Russell, 24, of Duffield, Va., possessed marijuana. They are also charged with initiation of a process intended to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are sold, stored, or used and possession of drug paraphernalia.