Deputy Detects Meth Lab Under Front Porch

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Cannon County Sheriff's Deputy Eric Moss received a report of a possible meth lab under the front porch of a house at 561 Johnson Hollow Rd., Woodbury, on Nov. 2.

Upon arrival at the location, Deputy Moss walked alongside the porch and was able to smell a strong chemical odor, consistent with that of a meth lab. He did this three times and on each occasion smelled the odor in the same location.

Deputy Moss noticed there was an opening that led underneath the front porch in the area where the chemical odor appeared to originate. He looked under the porch and saw a bag containing muriatic acid, tubing, and a funnel with white powdery residue on it. Realizing they were all components of a typical meth lab, Deputy Moss contacted Sgt. Anthony Young.

Upon Sgt. Young's arrival, Deputy Moss showed him a black plastic bag containing another zippered bag in it under the front porch. Sgt. Young also detected a strong chemical odor coming from the bag.

Sgt. Young then went to the sheriff's department to speak with Elizabeth Barrett, a tenant of the residence who had recently been asked to vacate, and who had been arrested on Nov. 1 on a charge of Theft Over $1,000. Sgt. Young requested and received Barrett's permission to search the residence.

Inside the residence was found a plastic bottle containing an unknown liquid with a white residue at the bottom. A sample of this liquid was taken and labeled for testing. Also found were hydrogen peroxide, a metal can containing acetone, and a glass jar containing an unknown liquid found under a bed in the bedroom.

Sgt. Young described the inside of the house as being in total disarray with garbage piled up throughout.

A disposal crew was called in to removed the chemicals and other components of the meth lab.

In other recent incidents involving local law enforcement officers:

• Kristy Dawn Hayes, 183 Bradyville Rd., Readyville, was charged with Dometic Violence, Pubic Intoxication, and Disorderly Conduct on Nov. 7 by Cannon County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Parsley. Bond was set at $3,500. Initial court date is Dec. 7.

• Rebecca Paige Bynum, 511-B McFerrin St., Woodbury, was charged with Driving Without A License on Nov. 3 by WPD Ptl. John Fesmire following a traffic stop on West Main St. Initial court date is Dec. 14.

• Justin Paul Hutchins, 607 Sabal Palm Way, Panama City Beach, FL., was charged with Driving While License Suspended and Financial Responsibility Violation on Nov. 5 by CCSD Steve McMillen. Initial court date is Nov. 22.

• Deputy Matthew Parsley responded to a State Route 53 (Jim Cummings Hwy.) on Nov. 2 in reference to a motor vehicle crash involving a deer. He spoke with Mary Stratton, operator of a Ford Expedition, who stated she was driving when a deer ran out in front of her causing her to strike it. Vehicle was driven from the scene.

• Deputy Matthew Parsley was dispatched to 640 Hopewell Rd. on Nov. 2 in reference to trespassing. Upon arrival he spoke with Shannon Duke, who stated she is currently involved in a civil matter pertaining to a vehicle with Marcus and Jeremy Tenpenny. Mrs. Duke advised that the Tenpennys had come onto her property and attempted to take the vehicle in question. Deputy Parsley advised Mrs. Duke of her right to speak with a judicial commissioner to seek warrants.

• Deputy Eric Moss served two warrants for worthless checks on Joseph Skimehorn at the CCSD on Nov. 6.

• Deputies Randy Neal and Eric Moss went to 3041 Jim Cummings Hwy. on Nov. 5 and served a warrant on Brian Wells for Violation of Probation.

• CCSD Sgt. Anthony Young arrested Justin Todd at the sheriff's department on Nov. 4 after Todd turned himself in on a warrant for Violation of Probation. He was released on bond.
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