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A traffic stop on the interstate led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab earlier this month.
It was one of several labs authorities have discovered recently.
According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, Deputy Michael Self stopped a Ford Thunderbird on Interstate 40 with six people inside on Sept. 7.
One of the occupants, Raymond Racey, had an outstanding warrant.
“After reading Mr. Racey his Miranda Rights from a Roane County advisement and waiver form, Mr. Racey informed Deputy (John) Mayes that there was a meth lab inside a back pack in the trunk of the vehicle,” the report said.
“… Mr. Racey made further statements indicating that the lab belonged to him, and that the other passengers were not aware of its existence.”
The report said Racey told Self he thought he had overdosed on meth. He was taken to a hospital.
Racey, 33, of 523 Siluria St., Harriman, is charged with manufacturing meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal impersonation and violation of community corrections.
Jamie Luffman, 20, of 141 Childs Road, Harriamn, was charged with criminal impersona-
Deputies with the sheriff’s office arrested two people in connection with a lab discovered inside a camper on Sept. 5.
Jennifer Ann Roberts and Larry Dean Roberts are charged with manufacturing meth, tampering with evidence, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the report, deputies went to 528 Walnut Grove Road to arrest Marcus Davidson on an outstanding warrant for assault.
“I observed that there was a camper trailer behind the residence with the lights on inside,” the report said. “I heard a person or persons moving inside of the camper trailer.”
The report said deputies also heard a lot of commotion when they knocked on the door to the camper.
“The subjects inside finally opened the door to the camper trailer, and I smelled a very strong odor commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine emanating from inside the camper,” the report said.
The Robertses were identified as the subjects inside the camper.
Davidson and Carly Hammonds were found inside the residence. All four were taken to jail on an investigative hold.
The property was checked after deputies got a search warrant.
“During search of the property, two one pot meth containers, both of which contained a multi-layered liquid, were discovered inside of the camper trailer,” the report said.
“Both containers had been forced into the sewer pipe leading from the toilet inside of the camper in what appeared to be an attempt to destroy evidence.”
The report said deputies also found a white powder that tested positive for meth.
“Marcus Davidson and Carly Hammonds were released from the investigative hold pending the results from the ongoing investigation,” the report said.
Jennifer Ann Roberts and Larry Dean Roberts are scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 4.
Davidson is scheduled to appear in court on the assault warrant the same day.
A house at 2112 N. Gateway Ave. in Rockwood was quarantined last month for suspected meth activity.
“The residence had multiple items to manufacture methamphetamine and powder believed to be methamphetamine as well,” a sheriff’s office press release on the incident said.
The release made no mention of any arrests.
“The investigation is continuing, and charges are expected to be filed in the near future,” the release said.