August 6, 2013 Contact: Marian O'Briant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
One man arrested in meth lab bust
Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said today a 43-year-old Maryville man is in custody following an investigation that resulted in the location of a meth lab at the man's residence.
Jerry James Lochman, 43, of Marvin Circle, Maryville, is in custody at the Blount County Detention Facility. Lochman was charged with initiating the process of methamphetamine. He is being held on a $25,000 bond pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. August 14th.
Earlier this afternoon, investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force responded to a residence on Marvin Circle in Maryville to investigate a possible meth lab. When investigators arrived, Lochman gave consent to search the residence. Investigators located one "one pot" method meth lab, as well as additional meth-making components. It appears the meth lab was recent within a few days. Lochman was not decontaminated, and the house did not have to be quarantined. Drug Task Force investigators neutralized the lab, and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force responded to dispose of the hazardous waste. Rural/Metro Ambulance Service and Blount County Fire Department also responded.
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 investigators are members of the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force.
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