Monday, November 30, 2009

Meth Charges Pending Against Local Residents

Two Putnam County residents will be in court this Friday in Sparta after being charged in connection with a meth lab operation. Authorities say 23-year-old Stephanie Joanne Gray of Baxter and 23-year-old Sarah Kay Greene of Cookeville were both arrested, along with Sparta resident Lamar Mendell Cullom, earlier this month. White County sheriff's detective Dale Bumbalough was reportedly conducting a routine check of the area around the boat ramp on South Church Street, when he came into contact with the three individuals in a parked car. Bumbalough alleges that as he approached the vehicle, he noticed a strong chemical smell consistent with meth. He also noticed tubing and other materials used to make meth. All three were charged with intent to manufacture, deliver, or sell a controlled substance. Meanwhile, December 14th is the court date set for a Cookeville man, accused of running a meth lab operation in a rented house. Members of the Community Nuisance Eradication Team of the Cookeville Police Department arrested 35-year-old Christopher George Cowan this month after a long-running investigation into complaints about the house he rented at 5496 South Jefferson Avenue. Officers claim a search of the home turned up several different kinds of prescription drugs, as well as the ingredients commonly used in the manufacture of meth, including hydrogen peroxide, pseudoephedrine, acetone and coffee filters.