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More meth-making arrests in county

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By Damon Lawrence

Alleged methamphetamine-making has Christopher Ryan Jenkins facing more drug charges.

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According to an arrest report, Rockwood police received information on April 10 that Jenkins was  making meth at 516 A W. Baldwin St. Police said they found him and Ashleigh Samantha Hargis in a bedroom when they showed up.

There, “officers found coffee filters, lithium batteries, a set of digital scales, two tourniquets, two white canisters wrapped in black tape with a white powder residue inside, a pill crusher, two hypodermic needles and a water bottle with an unknown liquid that tested to be an acid,” the police report said. “Officers tested the residue in the coffee filters on the jar and confirmed it was methamphetamine.”

Jenkins and Hargis were charged with initiation of the process to manufacture meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jenkins was one of seven people arrested when authorities acted on a tip about a meth lab in an apartment at 100 Oaks Apartments on East Wheeler Street in January.

Police said they found meth-making materials and 3 grams of white powder that field tested positive for meth inside the apartment. In addition to drug charges, the seven suspects were also charged with child abuse because a 6-year-old girl and 3-month-old boy were in the apartment.

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The case against Nancy Dean Johnson, one of Jenkins’ co-defendants in the January meth bust, was rescheduled earlier this month.

Her new court date is June 17.

Johnson is the only defendant from the January bust who hasn’t been bound over to the grand jury.
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Clarence Roy Halburnt was charged with initiation of the process to manufacture meth on April 12.

According to the arrest warrant, Halburnt allegedly purchased medicine from Walgreens that contained pseudoephedrine.

Pseudoephedrine is found in cold and allergy medicines, and is a main ingredient used to make meth.

The warrant said Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Smith conducted a traffic stop and Halburnt was in the vehicle with three others who had prior arrests for meth charges.

“... being that Clarence Halburnt did and try to purchase more than 3.6 grams in a 24-hour timeframe, and was found in possession of 2.4 grams from Walgreens on today’s date, I did arrest Clarence Halburnt,” the warrant said.