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18 Arrested In Meth Lab Bust

12/04/2012

Eighteen people have been arrested and a methamphetamine lab seized after the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit conducted a pseudoephedrine diversion operation on Thursday and Friday.

The Metro Narcotics Unit conducted the operation with assistance from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Drug Investigation Division, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit and the West Tennessee Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, according to a news release.

The operation was performed in cooperation with local pharmacies to target people purchasing pseudoephedrine products for the purpose of manufacturing meth. Pseudoephedrine is the primary ingredient in decongestant cold medicines that have to be purchased through a pharmacy and not over-the-counter. It is also the most common essential precursor chemical used in the manufacture of meth, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Eleven people were charged with promotion of meth manufacture, which is a class D felony. Two face possession charges, and two face driving-related charges. Additional members of the West Tennessee Drug and Violent Crime Task Force followed up on information gained from the operation, which led them to seize a meth lab in Gibson County and arrest three more suspects.

• David Andrew Duvall, 29, of Jackson, was charged with promotion of meth manufacture and an outstanding arrest warrant. He was arraigned in Madison County General Sessions Court and is being held at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex pending the outcome of his charges from the outstanding warrant.

• Edward Allan Butler, 37, of Trenton, was charged with promotion of meth manufacture. He was arraigned in Madison County General Sessions Court and is being held at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex in lieu of a $2,500 bond.

• Eric James Horton, 30, and Kimberly Nicole Hatten, 20, both of Decaturville, were charged with promotion of meth manufacture. They were arraigned in Madison County General Sessions Court and are being held at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex in lieu of a $5,000 bond each.

• John Robert Beecham, 33, of Reagan, was charged with promotion of meth manufacture and running a stop sign. He was arraigned in Madison County General Sessions Court and is being held at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex in lieu of a $2,500 bond.

• Steven Paul North, 18, of Jackson, was charged with promotion of meth manufacture. He was arraigned in Madison County General Sessions Court and is being held at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex in lieu of a $2,500 bond.

• Ronald Douglas Stoots, 21, of Humboldt, was charged with promotion of meth manufacture. He was arraigned in Madison County General Sessions Court and was released from the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex after posting a $2,500 bond.

• April Dawn York, 22, of Milan, was charged with promotion of meth manufacture. She was arraigned in Madison County General Sessions Court and was released from the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex after posting a $2,500 bond.

• Ricky Thomas Green, 49, of Sharon, was charged with promotion of meth manufacture, driving on a revoked driver’s license and violation of the seat belt law. He was arraigned in Madison County General Sessions Court and was released from the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex after posting a $5,000 bond.

• Tonya Lynn Sawyer, 37, of Buena Vista, was charged with promotion of meth manufacture. She was arraigned in Madison County General Sessions Court and is being held at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

• Roy Clint Mitchell, 23, of Oakfield, was charged with promotion of meth manufacture, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant for violation of probation. He was arraigned in Madison County General Sessions Court and is being held at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

• Trisha Lynn Buccieri, 24, of Oakfield, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arraigned in Madison County General Sessions Court and is being held at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

• Jonathan Lamar Harris, 24, of Jackson, was charged with possession of marijuana. He was arraigned in Madison County General Sessions Court and has been released from the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex on his own recognizance.

Anyone with additional information about any of these cases or any other drug activity may call the Metro Narcotics Unit at (731) 424-6485 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-8477.

The Jackson Sun