Madisonville Meth Bust

Madisonville, Tenn. --Blount County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 20-year-old Dillon Marcum Honeycutt on Monday in connection with a methamphetamine investigation.

Honeycutt was charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force received information that a suspicious person was attempting to purchase pseudo ephedrine, a precursor in the manufacture of methamphetamine, at local businesses.

Task Force investigators stopped a car for a traffic violation on Morganton Road near William Blount Drive.

During the course of the traffic stop, investigators said they were given consent to search the vehicle, and they found other precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine inside of a bag containing baby clothes.

Investigators said the precursors were going to be taken to another county for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine.

The driver of the vehicle, Candice Michelle Gibby, 24, of Madisonville, was cited with driving on an expired driver’s license. There was also a one-year-old in a car seat.

The Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in meth-related activity in 2012 from previous years. On Sunday, an individual walking on Old Niles Ferry Road found a “gasser”, a plastic bottle with a hose attached to top, taped to the base of the bottle. A “gasser” is one part of the “shake and bake” method of manufacturing methamphetamine. It will usually contain a rock salt substance that is clear or milky in color. This material is hazardous. Individuals who find a bottle that fits this description, or any other suspicious items that look like they could be part of a meth lab, are asked to NOT touch the items, and call 911 immediately.

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