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Two face charges in Sullivan County meth discovery

May 15th, 2014 1:33 pm by Rain Smith

Two face charges in Sullivan County meth discovery

Michael Neil McCann, left, and John Paton Minor.

A man recently stabbed during an alleged argument over drug proceeds — and wanted on meth related charges in Hawkins County — is now sought for reportedly fleeing police at a Blountville methamphetamine operation.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office reports a vehicle stolen out of Kingsport was also located at the residence, while one man was apprehended at the scene.

According to an affidavit filed in Sullivan County court, vice officers visited 183 Keystone Drive on Wednesday. Resident John Paton Minor, 41, was questioned about his alleged excessive amount of pseudoephedrine purchases, then he granted consent to a search of his home.

Police say they subsequently located multiple items used in the production of meth, along with drug paraphernalia. Minor's alleged roommate, Michael Neil McCann, reportedly ran out of a garage and fled the scene as officer's conducted their search.

As of Thursday morning McCann had yet to be located by police. He is also wanted in Hawkins County for initiation of a process intended to manufacture meth.

Meanwhile, Minor was arrested at the scene and charged with promotion of methamphetamine, initiation of a methamphetamine process and maintaining a dwelling where illegal narcotics are sold, stored or used.

A Ford Tempo located in the driveway was confirmed as being reported stolen out of Kingsport, according to the SCSO, prompting an additional charge against Minor for possession of stolen property.

Anyone with information on McCann's whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (423) 279-7500. Tips can also be submitted anonymously at www.scsotn.com.

On Feb. 1 McCann was cut with a knife on his arm and near his kidney, at a residence off Carter's Valley Road in Mount Carmel. The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office said McCann incurred the injuries after stepping between a pair of men who were arguing over money from meth sales.

McCann was transported to the hospital for surgery following that incident, while three people located at the home were arrested.

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