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SCSO: Kingsport couple busted again for cooking meth

March 21st, 2014 9:42 am by Rain Smith

SCSO: Kingsport couple busted again for cooking meth

Anthony Tuell, 31, and Tara Tuell, 27

For the second time in 18 months, a Kingsport couple have been arrested for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine.

Anthony Tuell, 31, and Tara Tuell, 27, were taken into custody Thursday by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office. Police had reportedly received information that the Tuells were cooking and selling meth out of their residence at 1609 Stratford Road.

When SCSO Vice and Narcotics detectives knocked on the door people could be heard moving inside, but it took 15 minutes for Tara Tuell to answer. When told that there was an active warrant for her husband's arrest, she allegedly denied that he was home, then granted consent to a search of the residence.

Police report finding a wide variety of drug paraphernalia and multiple items used to manufacture meth. Anthony Tuell was located "hiding in the attic."

Both of the Tuells were arrested at the scene and charged with promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are used or sold, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anthony is also charged with violation of probation, while Tara faces an additional charge of false reporting to police.

The couple were first arrested by the SCSO in September of 2012, following the alleged discovery of approximately 50 one-pot meth cook devices at a residence they had previously inhabited.

In that incident police had reportedly learned the Tuells had purchased exorbitant amounts of pseudoephedrine, the key precursor to methamphetamine production. When they visited their last known address on Bancroft Chapel Road, a large dumpsite containing bottles and by products of meth production was located in a wooded area directly in front of the property.

The Tuells were later located at another residence in Kingsport and arrested on drug charges.

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