June 21st , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

Police: Fight response turns to meth lab cleanup

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The dispatch that sent officers racing to Old Stoney Creek Road told of a woman, her face bloodied, running across the street – apparently a fight in progress.

Photo by Brandon HicksSelena Fenner is led by a Carter County Rescue Squad member from a methamphetamine decontamination shower to an awaiting police cruiser Thursday afternoon.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Selena Fenner is led by a Carter County Rescue Squad member from a methamphetamine decontamination shower to an awaiting police cruiser Thursday afternoon.

Officers discovered there was no fight, saying the woman had actually suffered a medical episode.

They also say they discovered a working drug lab.

Three women face methamphetamine-related charges after county officers were dispatched Thursday afternoon to 188 Old Stoney Creek Road, Lot 1.

According to Carter County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Mike Little, officers have suspected drug activity at the house for several months.

“We’re very familiar with this residence, and we’ve been looking at them for quite a long time,” Little said. “A lot of people that we know are involved in meth activity have been coming in and out of here.”

When CCSD Lt. Kenny Cornett and Deputy Issac Rhea arrived at the mobile home, Little said two women, later identified as Johnnie Potter Ross and Selena Fenner fled the scene on foot.

They were captured by the officers after a short pursuit, and one of the residents eventually gave them consent to search the home.

Inside, CCSD Sgt. Harmon Duncan said officers located three one-pot labs and a gasser bottle that had only hours before been used to make methamphetamine.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Johnnie Potter Ross speaks with Carter County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Kenny Cornett before stepping into a decontamination shower Thursday.

Duncan said a 16-year-old boy living in the trailer was removed from the contaminated house and reported to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Ross and Fenner, along with Heather Taylor, the bloodied woman who initiated the police response, were arrested and charged with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling where controlled substances are manufactured or sold, aggravated child endangerment and multiple counts of promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing.

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