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Children were found “playing in and around” an outbuilding and home that was used to cook methamphetamine on Thursday, according to law enforcement officials. 5515c2e462ece_image

Three Dayton individuals were arrested in connection with the meth lab, according to Rhea County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Charlie Jenkins.

James Weeks, 32; Randy Skiles, 45; and Kerry Higdon, 43, are each facing several drug-related charges as well as one count of child endangerment, according to arrest reports

At around 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jenkins said he saw a motor scooter on Black Oak Ridge Road that he had “previously given a warning to not be on the roadway and driving with no registration.

Jenkins said he stopped Weeks, the driver of the scooter, and noticed an “odor of marijuana.”

“I asked if he would empty his pockets and he did, where he had a marijuana smoking pipe and stated he had been smoking marijuana,” Jenkins said.

Law enforcement officials received consent to search the property on Black Oak Ridge Road and said they found marijuana, methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia. They also found two small children playing “in and around” the property, according to an arrest report.

During the search, Jenkins said both Skiles and Higdon came out of an outbuilding located near the home and detected a “strong odor that is consistent with a methamphetamine lab.”5515c2c6d4650_image

Upon searching the outbuilding, Jenkins said investigators found several items used to cook meth, including an active shake bottle, muriatic acid, coffee filters and lithium batteries.

“Mr. Skiles stated that he started cooking meth last night,” Jenkins said.

All three individuals were arrested and booked into the Rhea County Jail on Thursday.

Weeks was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of both methamphetamine and marijuana, promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine and child endangerment. Weeks’ bond was set at $80,000, and he was still incarcerated as of press time Friday.5515c2a8e3219_image

Skiles was charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, initiating the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. Skiles’ bond was set at $80,000, and he was still incarcerated as of press time Friday.

Higdon was charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, initiating the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. Higdon’s bond was also set at $80,000, and she has since bonded out of the Rhea County Jail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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