May 20, 2013 Contact: Marian O'Briant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Six people taken into custody following an investigation into two separate meth labs
Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said today five men and one woman were taken into custody today following the investigation into two meth labs in Seymour, one this morning, and one this afternoon.
David Bryan Ford, Sr., 52, Oliver Avenue, Seymour, will be charged with initiating the process of the manufacture of methamphetamine. His bond amount and court date have not yet been set. Charges against five other individuals may be pending.
The Blount County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence on Equestrian Circle in Seymour at around 3 a.m. to the call of a robbery. When deputies arrived, there was no one at the residence. Upon further investigation, deputies found what appeared to be a meth lab inside of the residence. Investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force responded to the scene and confirmed the meth lab. Investigators neutralized the lab, and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force arrived to dispose of the hazardous waste. Investigators also found methamphetamine at the residence. A short time later, deputies found four people hiding in the woods behind the residence, and another individual was taken into custody while walking along Burnett Station Road at around 7 a.m. All five were taken into custody and booked into the Blount County Detention Facility.
This afternoon, narcotics investigators went back to the scene on Equestrian Circle for a follow-up investigation, and received consent to search the residence next door to the house where the meth lab was found this morning. While searching that residence, investigators found an inactive lab. The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force was called to the scene to dispose of the lab. Ford, Sr., was decontaminated, along with two women. A three-year-old girl was placed in DCS custody and taken to the hospital to be decontaminated and checked out. The women at the residence were released after being decontaminated. That residence was also quarantined.
The investigation is continuing, and additional charges could be forthcoming against the other individuals.
The Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force is comprised of deputies and officers with the Blount County Sheriff's Office, the Alcoa Police Department, and the Maryville Police Department. All narcotics investigators are members of the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force.
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