Comments Off on Update: 80 ‘one-pot’ Methamphetamine bottles found at home in Cherokee National Forest; Tara N. Puckett, 26, and her husband Daniel G. Puckett, 27, arrested

d13f1ac48f0919fbc3c54df2452eb69dLate Wednesday morning, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office revised the number of “one-pot” meth cook bottles located on Flatwoods Road in Tuesday’s drug bust.

Police are now reporting that 80 were recovered, along with approximately 250 gas generator bottles.

Arrested in the incident is Tara N. Puckett, 26, and her husband Daniel G. Puckett, 27.

They are each charged with promotion of a meth, initiation of a meth manufacturing process, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are sold and possession of schedule II drugs.

Daniel Puckett is additionally charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.


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The tracking of purchases of pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in the production of meth — has led Sullivan County authorities to approximately 40 “one pot” cook bottles at a residence in the Cherokee National Forest.

According to a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, the discovery was made at 755 Flatwoods Road, southwest of South Holston Lake. Investigation had reportedly revealed that on a regular basis, residents were purchasing the maximum amount of pseudoephedrine allowed by state law each month.6602edf9c729e6d0ca02b1918c52fa27

The suspects also allegedly attempted to purchase more than the legal amount on several different occasions. However, they were blocked from doing so by the National Precursor Log Exchange System, which keeps track of an individual’s pseudoephedrine buys at retailers.

SCSO vice detectives subsequently obtained a warrant for Tara Puckett, charging her with promotion of methamphetamine. On Tuesday police went to the home on Flatwoods Road and arrested Puckett on the charge.

While on scene, officers allegedly observed an active meth cook in progress. Puckett reportedly granted consent to a search of the home, with members of the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force responding to the scene.

Police report that throughout the residence and an outbuilding, approximately 40 methamphetamine “one pot” cook bottles were located, several of which were active. More than 200 gas generator bottles were also reportedly observed, along with numerous ingredients used in the meth-making process.

Due to the amount of material found on the property, a hazardous materials contractor was called to the scene to assist with disposal.

The SCSO says that a second person is in custody in connection with the investigation, and along with Puckett, is facing numerous drug-related charges. An investigation is ongoing.

The SCSO was assisted by the Bluff City Police Department, Bristol Tennessee Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit, 2nd Judicial Drug Task Force, and the Hickory Tree Volunteer Fire Department.









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