Four arrested after officers find two Meth labs in Washington County

By Abby Morris

Star Staff

   GRAY -- Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies who were responding to a reported burglary in progress arrived on the scene to find two male suspects and a clandestine methamphetamine lab.
   According to information released by Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal, deputies responded to the burglary call at 565 Boring Chapel Road just shortly after 9 p.m. on Thursday. Upon the officers' arrival, they observed two white males exiting a storage building located behind the residence.
   Upon further investigation into the call, officers discovered what appeared to be an active clandestine lab. The responding officers contacted agents from the First Judicial Drug Task Force and asked them to respond to the scene to examine the possible lab. Agents from the DTF responded and determined that what the officers had found was indeed an active clandestine methamphetamine lab.
   Officials from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency, Johnson City Police Department, Washington County Emergency Medical Services and the Gray Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene to assist the officers and DTF agents.
   "As a result of the investigation, a second lab was found at 199 Rockingham Road, Apt. 1," a press release from Graybeal states.
   Officers arrested the two male subjects found at the residence on Boring Chapel Road as a result of the investigation. William G. Arthur, 30, 1305 Edmenson Road, Clarksville, and Edward D. Spears, 33, 1365 South Wilcox Drive, Kingsport, were both taken into custody and charged with burglary along with the felony charges of manufacturing Schedule II narcotics (methamphetamine) and possession of Schedule II narcotics (methamphetamine) for resale.
   Officers also arrested two residents from the home at 199 Rockingham Road where the second clandestine lab was found. Joshua A. McKinney, 30, and Christina J. Baker, 27, were both taken into custody and charged with manufacturing Schedule II narcotics (methamphetamine) and possession of Schedule II narcotics (methamphetamine) for resale.
   An arraignment and bond hearing for all four individuals charged as a result of the investigation has been scheduled for Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Washington County General Sessions Court.