Officers of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department recently arrested three individuals for their involvement in the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine.
According to Detective Donnie Crawford, numerous residents in the Gamaliel Rd. area in Red Boiling Springs began contacting their department with concerns about the traffic in and out of the residence located at 300 Gamaliel Road. Some even witnessing what they believe to be drug deals going down outside the property.
Detective Crawford and Detective Ron Smith then conducted a three-week surveillance investigation of the residence in question.
“We observed several cars coming to the residence and then leaving after a short time,” said Detective Crawford. “On two occasions we also witnessed a male and female occupant smoking a joint on the porch.”
After compiling their evidence, officers were able to obtain a search warrant on July 11, which was executed that afternoon.
During their search of the property officers discovered coffee filters, lithium batteries, Coleman fuel along with other precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine in a downstairs bedroom.
Upstairs, officers found two plastic bottles with tubing, a Mason jar filled with Coleman fuel and other drug paraphernalia consistent with a shake-and-bake meth lab.
Joseph Lee Vibbert, 27, and Samantha Jeanne Gregory, 23, were arrested on charges of promotion of methamphetamine (2 counts), intent to manufacture methamphetamine (2 counts) and simple possession. Their bond is set at $41,000. David Wayne Tackett, Jr., 23, was arrested on charges of promotion of methamphetamine (2 counts) and intent to manufacture methamphetamine (2 counts). His bond is set at $30,000.
An elderly woman, Tackett’s grandmother, also resided in the home. She was relocated with family.