Meth lab suspect also charged with littering

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TWRA agent leads arrests

By Damon Lawrence

An agent with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency charged two people with manufacturing meth  over the Easter weekend.
Katlen Bionnca Ashbrook, 23, and Andrew Keith Ladd, 22, were still in custody at the Roane County Jail Thursday morning, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office website.
TWRA Agent Brad Daugherty saw Ashbrook and Ladd while he was patrolling a lake access site on Peninsula Road.
“As I approached the two subjects, I observed Ladd bending over and he had a bottle in his hands inside a cooking dish,” Daugherty wrote in a warrant. “ ... I advised him to stand up, and he slid the bottle under his legs.”
“At this point I advised the female (Ashbrook) to exit the tent as well,” the agent wrote. 
Daugherty said he suspected the bottle was being used to make meth. He called for backup and members of the sheriff’s office responded.
“Deputy (John) Mayes, who is a trained and certified methamphetamine technician, advised me that there was an active one-pot lab on the ground as suspected next to the tent,” the warrant said. “Search of the area around the lake revealed several items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.”
Those items, according to the warrant, included ammonia nitrate, coffee filters, gas generators, glass jars, hot plates, plastic containers, sulfuric acid and tubing.
The warrant said Ashbrook and Ladd were decontaminated before they were taken to jail.
Ladd was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia — and littering.