"If you're cooking, we're coming."
That's the message the Bedford County Sheriff Department has for those whipping up the dangerous drug methamphetamine, as two more people were arrested Monday and charged with making the substance.
Steven Dale Adams, 22, Cedar Grove Road, is charged with initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of schedule IV, possession of schedule II and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jennah Whitney Atkins, 22, Webb Road West, Bell Buckle, is charged with criminal responsibility for facilitation of a felony, possession of schedule VI and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to Detective Sgt. David Sakich, it was the dumping of materials used in making meth that led authorities to the discovery of the lab, with Adams allegedly spotted disposing the toxic leftovers on Clem Creek Road.
Further information came to the investigator's attention that indicted meth was possibly being made at a house on Gregory Mill Road, and upon obtaining an address, Sakich said officers "did a knock and talk" with the homeowner, who gave authorities permission to search the property.
Sakich said that Adams admitted to cooking the meth and "took us and showed us all the ingredients ... for his methamphetamine lab."
According to warrants filed by Sakich, investigators found two bottles of lye, Coleman fuel, muriatic acid, coffee filters, a pill grinder, two glass Mason jars, propane fuel, five pipes with white residue, two packs of rolling papers, three suspected marijuana cigarettes, a plastic bag containing two grams of suspected marijuana, five morphine pills, a flat piece of glass with white residue, a pack of razor blades and a metal hanger "used to clean pipes."
Adams was allegedly assisted in making meth by Atkins, according to Detective Sgt. Scott Jones, who said the woman was "going out and buying a lot of pseudoephedrine," typically found in cold medicine, which is a key ingredient in making the drug.
"Ms. Atkins did admit to purchasing ingredients and precursors needed to produce methamphetamine," the warrant against Atkins read. "Ms. Atkins also had a marijuana cigarette and a pipe with marijuana residue in her possession."
Assisting in the arrest were Deputies Kevin Holton and Todd Hammond, Chief Deputy David Williams Jr., and Sheriff Randall Boyce.
Adams is being held in the Bedford County jail under $50,000 bond while Atkins is jailed under $35,000 bond.
Both are scheduled to make their first appearance in General Sessions court on April 29.
This was the second meth lab-related bust in Bedford County in as many weeks.