Third arrest made in shutdown of Walland meth lab
By J.J. Kindred | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Crystal Michelle Price, 21, who lived at the Payne Hollow Road residence, was arrested at 8:30 p.m. Sunday and charged with maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling or manufacturing a controlled substance. She is being held on a $10,000 bond at the Blount County Correctional Facility pending a 9 a.m. hearing Wednesday in Blount County General Sessions Court. She also has misdemeanor and felony violation of probation charges.
Two other men, Franklin Peter Burrage, 29, Barry Williams Road, Townsend, and Jeffery Riffey, 41, Big Z Road, Maryville, were arrested Sunday and charged with initiating the process of the manufacture of methamphetamine and promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine, respectively.
A sheriff’s deputy responded to the Payne Hollow Road residence to serve a warrant on an individual there, according to the sheriff’s office.
The deputy discovered the precursors, as well as evidence of the meth lab. Two other people were at the residence, as investigators with the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force responded to the scene.
All four individuals in the home were decontaminated at the scene by the Blount County Fire Department. Price had been taken to Blount Memorial Hospital by Rural Metro as a precautionary measure. Another person at the scene, who was not identified, was released.
Investigators determined there were two separate one-pot manufacturing methods in the residence, and meth was cooked there as recently as Saturday.
Burrage was being held on a $50,000 bond, with Riffey held on a $10,000 bond. Both suspects were being held at the Blount County Detention Facility pending hearings in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. Wednesday.