Three charged in meth lab find

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By The Staff

Three people were arrested after an active meth lab was seized in a vehicle early Friday morning on Bowman Bend Road near Kingston.

Justin Eric Ybarra of 122 Morris St., Harriman, along with Ashleigh Samantha Hargis of 144 Ross Williams Road, Lancing, and James Dwight Warren of 5426 Nashville Hwy., Deer Lodge, were arrested for charges of manufacturing, developing and selling controlled substances.

Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Self reported he performed a welfare check after seeing Warren’s vehicle on the side of Bowman Bend Road at approximately 2:45 a.m.

Ybarra and Warren exited the vehicle, telling Self they were camping and fishing.

After observing “nervous” behavior and no fishing or camping equipment, Self requested identification and found Ybarra to be driving on a revoked license, the report said.

Upon gaining consent from Warren to search his vehicle, Self reported finding syringes, a prescription bottle belonging to someone not at the scene, other prescription bottles and several cigarettes with missing filters.

After detaining the trio on suspected narcotic use, the deputy reported finding a bottle used to produce meth and requested hazmat to come in and dispose of the other “hazardous and contaminated materials,” such as batteries, brake fluid, starter fluid, syringes and coffee filters inside the vehicle, equipment and chemicals Warren purchased with Ybarra earlier that day.

With the active meth lab confirmed, Self arrested the three subjects and took them to the Roane County Detention Center.

Ybarra, Warren and Hargis were each charged with manufacturing/developing/selling controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft of a car tag.

Ybarra was also charged with driving on a suspended/revoked license, while Hargis was also charged for giving an incorrect name and having a warrant out in Roane County for failure to appear on criminal impersonation.
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Marty Green Wallace of 206 Ross Estates Road, Kingston, was arrested June 12 for domestic assault.

Police reports said Wallace entered Brittany D. Cooper’s apartment on 162 Race St. in Kingston and assaulted Cooper, who is three months pregnant, by grabbing her and throwing her to the ground in front of her 3-year-old son.

Cooper complained of pain to the midsection, and Kingston Sgt. Bo Smith arrested Wallace after signs of assault were verified.