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October 23, 2013 Contact: Marian O'Briant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Five people charged or cited following two separate meth labs in two days

Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force have either charged or cited five people following the discovery of two separate meth labs in two days.

The first incident occurred yesterday afternoon. Cynthia Renee Evans, 47, of Sheets Hollow Road, Greenback, was charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine after narcotics investigators discovered a meth lab in her home. The incident began when narcotics investigators initiated a traffic stop due to a traffic violation on Evans on Meadow Road. Evans was cited with driving on a revoked driver's license as well as possession of immediate methamphetamine precursors. Two other individuals who were in Evans' vehicle, Steven Rauhuff and Jennifer R. Scearce, 22, were also cited with possession of immediate methamphetamine precursors. This traffic stop led to a consensual search of Evans' residence on Sheets Hollow Road, where investigators found a meth lab. Evans was then charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine. Evans is being held on a $15,000 bond pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. October 30th. In addition, Tyler Leon Sparks, 20, of McConnell Lane, Greenback, was picked up on four outstanding warrants at Evans' residence.

Late this afternoon, narcotics investigators arrested Thomas Lee Grimes, 51, of Vonore. Grimes is charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) with the intent to resell. He is being held on bonds totaling $35,000 pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. October 30th. Narcotics investigators were alerted to a suspicious person at a Maryville business. They made contact with Grimes, who had two baggies of methamphetamine on his person. Grimes consented to a search of his vehicle, where investigators found a meth lab in the trunk of his vehicle.

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force responded to both incidences to safely dispose of the hazardous materials.

The Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force is comprised of deputies and officers of the Blount County Sheriff's Office, Alcoa Police Department, and Maryville Police Department. All investigators are members of the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force.

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