July 19, 2013 Contact: Marian O'Briant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Four individuals charged in Terry Way Meth Lab Bust **Update**
Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said the four adults taken into custody in the meth lab bust on Terry Way Wednesday night were each charged late Thursday.
The following individuals were charged:
" Catherine Ann Cole, 24, Mentor Road, Louisville, was charged with criminal conspiracy and promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine, as well as an attachment for contempt on a previous charge. She is being held on bonds totaling $60,000.
" Mitsue Anne Gilbert Eichin, St. Ives Boulevard, Maryville, was charged with criminal conspiracy and promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine. She is being held on bonds totaling $15,000.
" Shawn Edward Tucker, 23, Terry Way, Friendsville, was charged with maintaining a dwelling where controlled substances are used or sold, criminal conspiracy, promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine, as well as two violations of probation charges. He is being held on bonds totaling $72,573.79.
" Sarah Diane Herrell, 34, U.S. Highway 411 South, Maryville, was charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal conspiracy. She is being held on bonds totaling $15,000.
All four individuals are being held pending hearings in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. July 24.
A 17-year-old female who was also taken into custody is being held at the Blount County Juvenile Detention Facility pending a detention release hearing. Two individuals are still at large.
Wednesday evening, deputies responded to 135 Terry Way in Friendsville on a tip regarding meth activity at the residence. Several individuals were at the residence, and two men who are at large fled on foot. The rest of the individuals were taken into custody. Investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force located fifteen separate "one pot" method meth labs at the trailer, including one in the active stages of process. As they were wrapping up the investigation, they located a sixteenth meth lab at another location. The labs were neutralized, and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force was called to dispose of the hazardous waste.
This meth lab site is the result of the "cash for cooks" the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force is now offering for information that leads to the arrest of meth cooks in Blount County. The Drug Task Force started this program earlier this year along with the Blount Memorial Foundation and Community Outreach to help combat the increase in meth-related crimes in Blount County. A large billboard went up on the U.S. Highway 129 By-Pass in Alcoa, and another billboard is scheduled to go up on Cusick Street later this month. The graphic billboards promote the "cash for cooks" program. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force at 865-977- SANO (7266).
The Blount County Fire Department and Rural/Metro Ambulance Service also responded to the scene.
The Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force is comprised of deputies and officers with the Blount County Sheriff's Office, Maryville Police Department, and Alcoa Police Department. All Drug Task Force investigators are members of the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force.
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