Man arrested on meth, assault charges

By Abby Morris
Star Staff

   An Elizabethton man who was charged with domestic violence will now also face narcotics charges after officers found a clandestine laboratory in his residence while serving him with a warrant for assault.
   Randy Dugger, 46, 686 Willow Springs Road, was taken into custody by Carter County Sheriff's Department officers and agents of the First Judicial Drug Task Force at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday and charged with manufacturing Schedule II narcotics (methamphetamine) and the possession of drug paraphernalia in addition to a warrant charging him with assault under domestic violence.
   According to reports, at approximately 11:30 p.m. Friday night, a female subject told CCSD Deputy Albert Nave that she had been involved in a physical altercation with Dugger. A report by Nave states that the woman also told the officer that Dugger was operating an active methamphetamine laboratory at his residence on Willow Springs Road.
   After the female subject reported the assault to Nave, the officer obtained a warrant for Dugger's arrest on the charge of assault under domestic violence.
   "Agents (of the First Judicial DTF) and officers went to Mr. Dugger's residence where Mr. Dugger was placed under arrest," the report by Nave states. Dugger was read his rights and told officers that he understood them, according to the report.
   "Agents advised Mr. Dugger that we had information that there was a methamphetamine laboratory in his residence and asked for consent to search," Nave states in his report. "Mr. Dugger freely gave consent stating that nothing illegal was in his residence.
   "During the search, items were located that were consistent with the production of methamphetamine. This included muriatic acid, aluminum foil, iodine crystals, pseduo-ephedrine, hydrogen peroxide, tincture of iodine 7 percent, striker plates, glassware with residue, cook stove, hose and propane."
   The report states that officers and agents also found assorted drug paraphernalia in the residence including mechanical scales, digital scales and narcotic smoking devices with residue.
   Dugger is currently being held in the Carter County Jail on a $30,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court today on the charges of the manufacture of Schedule II narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.