Eight arrested after police find meth lab

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com
A raid on a local methamphetamine laboratory left a total of eight people arrested Tuesday night, five of them were jailed on drug-related charges.
According to Carter County Sheriff John Henson, officers from the Carter County Sheriff's Department along with agents of the First Judicial Drug Task Force raided a residence in the Siam community of the county and discovered an active clandestine laboratory used to manufacture the drug methamphetamine.
"We received information about a month ago that there was a meth lab at 151 Will Estep Road in the Siam community," said Henson. "Last night we decided to move in on it."
The owner of the residence which was raided, Thomas Glen Grindstaff, age 30, was arrested and charged with the manufacture of Schedule II narcotics, possession of Schedule II narcotics for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served with a capias out of General Sessions Court charging him with failure to appear in court.
A total of seven other individuals were arrested at Grindstaff's residence, some on drug-related charges and others on outstanding warrants and capiases.
Randy A. Lloyd, 46, of Limestone, was arrested and charged with possession of Schedule III narcotics.
Wendy K. Hughes, 26, of Sulphur Springs, was arrested and charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics.
Brittany Simmons, 28, 200 West F. St., was arrested and charged with possession of Schedule VI narcotics for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jason B. Rhea, 27, 1576 Blue Springs Road, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.
Robert W. Holland, 39, of Sulphur Springs, was arrested on a capias out of General Sessions Court charging him with failure to appear in court and on an Attachment out of Juvenile Court.
Gene Foshia, 22, 2022 King Springs Road, was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging him with assault under domestic violence.
James Matthew Turbyfield, 29, 170 Dark Hollow Road, was arrested on a capias out of General Sessions Court charging him with failure to appear in court.
"This is the third meth lab we have taken out in Carter County in the last three months," said Henson.
According to Henson, the number of methamphetamine laboratories is on the rise across northeast Tennessee. "Carter County has been lucky up until now that we haven't had many meth labs," he said, adding that surrounding counties have had severe problems with meth labs for about a year. "We will continue to fight against drugs and the meth lab problem."
The methamphetamine problem is one that is going to require a lot of cooperation in order to solve it, according to Henson. "We're all going to have to band together on this," he said. "I would like to ask the citizens to help us on this. If they know anything about drug activity or a meth lab then they need to come forward to myself or the DTF and all of the information they give us will be kept confidential.
"We need to do whatever it takes to fight against this problem."