Three arrested in meth lab bust

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   Three Carter County residents were arrested and charged with several offenses over the weekend after area law enforcement agencies conducted a search of their residence and located what is believed to be an active narcotics manufacturing laboratory.
   Heather Ann Yeager, 34, and Kenneth Thomas Yeager, 34, both of 992 Dry Creek Road, were taken into custody and charged with the manufacture of Schedule II narcotics (methamphetamine), conspiracy to manufacture Schedule II narcotics, possession of Schedule II narcotics, and possession of anhydrous ammonia. A third person at the residence, David N. Harrell, 37, also of 992 Dry Creek Road, was arrestd and charged with the manufacture of Schedule II narcotics (methamphetamine) and the conspiracy to manufacture Schedule II narcotics.
   According to reports by an agent of the First Judicial Drug Task Force, just minutes before Midnight on Friday, agents of the DTF in conjunction with members of the Carter County Sheriff's Department SWAT team, the Washington County Sheriff's Department SWAT team and the Elizabethton Police Department SWAT team executed a search warrant at the Dry Creek Road residence.
   "Kenneth and Heather Yeager and David Harrell were arrested on narcotics related charges after officers located a clandestine laboratory used to manufacture methamphetamine was located," the DTF agent states in his report. "Anhydrous ammonia was located in four different containers; coffee filters with residue that gave positive reactions for methamphetamine, digital scales, narcotic smoking devices, assorted pills and all the necessary chemicals necessary to conduct a methamphetamine cook were located."
   Anhydrous ammonia is a commercial fertilizer that is often used in the manufacture of controlled substaces. The use and possession of anhydrous ammonia is regulated by the Tennessee Code Annotated, which states that it is a Class E felony for a person to possess the chemical for the purpose of manufacturing illegal substances or to knowingly convey the chemical to another person for that purpose.
   Heather Yeager, Kenneth Yeager and Harrell are all scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court today to answer the charges presented against them.