Deputies Continue to Make Arrests as Meth Lab Investigation Continues

By: Stacy McCloud
By: Stacy McCloud

LaFollette, Campbell County (WVLT) - What started out as a large meth lab bust and four arrests, has ended with several surprising twists and turns and eight people in jail.

Campbell County Sheriff's Department is calling this one of the largest meth busts they have ever made in the county.

Both inside and outside of the home they found remnants of at least 69 previous cooks and the capability of making pounds more of the dangerous drug.

When the sheriffs department brought us out to show us the scene, something unexpected happened, some customers arrived and more arrests were made

"They could have supplied Campbell County for a while," says Campbell County Deputy Brandon Elkins.

Sheriff's deputies had made their arrests when hours later their investigation took an interesting turn.

Deputies say they believe 30-year-old Greg Edbert Smith, was arriving to make a deal, while the owner of the truck, 19-year-old Kasey Graves waited at the top of the hill.

Both unaware officers were on the suspected meth makers' property.

While searching the truck, officers say they found drugs and drug paraphernalia.

In a flash, the handcuffed Smith attempted to escape.

Landing him 3 felony and 5 misdemeanor charges.

"Sometimes this drug can pump people up to where they think they can win," Deputy Elkins says.

In less than an hour, officers arrested two other passers-by on outstanding warrants.

"This is the life of a drug dealer, this is what goes on, goes through their mind. They don't care, they aren't worried about anything. They just want their fix," Deputy Elkins.

The renters of the home 37-year-old Sherry Carr and 38-year-old Jeffrey Carr, as well as 23-year-old Amber McCarty and 19-year-old James Jacobs, were all home with the Carrs' four children, who range from age 12 to 16, when the original bust took place late Monday evening.

All four are now charged with child endangerment and various drug charges.

Despite the fact the labs are gone and the alleged dealers behind bars, neighbors say it scares them to think what could have happened.

"It could have blew up, anything could have happened," says Jessico Justo, who lives next door.

But thanks to a message left on the drug tipline, it didn't.

Hopefully incentive to keep the calls coming, so more labs will be busted and one by one dealers off the streets.

The number the citizen called to report this lab is 423-566-DRUG.

You can call and leave an anonymous tip anytime.

The four children at the home were taken into DCS custody.

Several animals had to be taken to the local shelter and decontaminated.


The following four are being held in the Campbell County Jail without bond.

23-year-old Amber Elizabeth McCarty of LaFollette
4 counts -- Child Endangerment
1 count -- Promotion of Meth Manufacture

19-year-old James Jacobs of LaFollette
4 counts -- Child Endangerment
1 count -- Promotion of Meth Manufacture

37-year-old Sherry Carr of LaFollette
4 counts -- Child Endangerment
1 count -- Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance

38-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Carr of LaFollette
4 counts -- Child Endangerment
1 count – Manufacture and Selling of A Controlled Substance
1 count -- Promotion of Meth Manufacture


30-year-old Greg Edbert Smith of LaFollette
2 counts -- Assault on an Officer (Felony)
1 count -- Driving on a Revoked License
1 count -- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
1 count -- Resisting Arrest
1 count -- Possession of a Controlled Substance
1 count -- Escape (Felony)
1 count -- Criminal impersonation

19-year-old Kasey Junior Graves of LaFollette
1 count -- Possession of drug paraphernalia
1 count -- Possession of Controlled Substance

47-year-old William Hamblin of Clearfield, TN

30-year-old Lonnie Bee Hatfield of Clearfield, TN
2 Counts -- Failure to Appear out of Claiborne County Court.

If you know of any activity in Campbell County the sheriff's department asks you to call their drug hotline, that number is 423-566-DRUG and leave a message anytime.

You do not have to leave your name or number but can do so if you wish.

Here is the basic information the sheriff's department needs to start an investigation.

  • The Address of the Drug Dealing
  • The Name of the Drug Dealer(S)
  • The Type of Drug Being Sold
  • The Times the Most Activity Is Occurring

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    • by Lisa Location: Mississippi on Sep 5, 2008 at 01:50 AM
      I just hope that these people are quilty. My sister and brother-in-law were arrested in hardin county, tn just for buying claritin d...there were not manufacturing meth or selling it to those that were. The D.A. dropped their charges but they are still on the list at the drugstores not to be sold to and has ruint their careers and standings in the public. As well as their names or still on the meth web-site. My sister will not hardly even take a asprin. The law needs to do their investigations more carefully, instead of ruing the lives of those that are innocent.
    • by ashlei Location: indiana on Apr 4, 2008 at 12:50 PM
      i am personally happy that they got them but i feel horibble for their 4 kids torie kayla derek and keesha they had to move from tennessee to wawaka indiana because of this and they never get to see their parrents.
    • by Jared Location: Johnson City on Jan 22, 2008 at 11:55 PM
      Everyone has their own set of faults. Some might not be as bad as others, but they are there. We can keep on throwing stones if you want, but what good does that do? If this were you in this situation, would you want people saying that they hope you get what you deserve? These people need help and love not hate and cruelty. These kinds of attitudes only push people further into the reason they ever began with these addictions. It's going to take more than just handcuffs and isolation in a cell to get people to understand that they are better than those things that keep them miserable. We tend to forget that it is the drugs that make people change (not the other way). Drugs change your ability to think and make you into someone entirely different. If you want to blame something, blame the very things they put into their body. All I know that deep down inside that there is something good in all of these people. I pray we realize this and learn to quit judging and try to help.
    • by J.R. Caudill Location: Kentucky on Jun 17, 2007 at 10:52 PM
      If Sherry Lynn Carr mother Helen Jocabs would have raised her right this would have never happen. They ran from albion wear they worked in a bar and stole money at the bar and sold drugs out of it. And James (scotty) Jacobs got in to trouble for stealing lumber from Menards plus he also stole shoes from Meijers. This is just some of the things they have done in the past. I hope they pay for every thing they have ever done in the past.
    • by john Location: lafollette on May 4, 2007 at 04:38 AM
      I knew ambers family.she comes from good people. but she helped get my wife on this took less than 24 hr,s to get her hooked. it took me more than 6 months and four trips to the fine establishment of the c.c jail to get her off meth.(whome at the time just wanted to arrest someone trying to make a difference rather than arrest a pretty girl and her friend with a needle in thear arm.) if she can make a change than good. if not i hope she and all the other meth heads out thear rot whear they belong...
    • by amanda marlow Location: blount county on May 3, 2007 at 02:26 PM
      Meth has took over Campbell County and has destroyed the lives of the users and their familie. I was very good friends with Amber befor she got on drugs. I had the chance to know the real Amber. She was a very hard honest worker and pretty girl. I know she has the potential to change her life around. Going to jail may have saved her life. I will keep you in my prayers along with everyone else in Campbell County that are slaves to this drug. Please take any help they offer you. You can not do it by yourself. Listen to them and it will save your life.
    • by angel Location: caryville on May 2, 2007 at 10:34 AM
      I hope they bust every meth lab in the usa . All it does is desroy
    • by James Location: Kodak on May 1, 2007 at 10:12 PM
      Glad they got them.


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