MARTIN, TN (KFVS) - Two people from Martin, Tennessee were arrested March 5 after authorities found a “shake and bake” meth lab in an outbuilding.

Pamela Mae Freeman, 37, and Jeremy Chad Martin, 36, were charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture, possession of methamphetamine with intent to resale and possession of marijuana.



Investigators from the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department and the Martin Police Department found the “shake and bake,” or one pot meth lab, in an outbuilding on Old Salem Road north of Martin, Tenn.

The sheriff’s department said Freeman and Martin were found at the lab site and were arrested. Their bonds were set at $100,000 and preliminary hearings were scheduled for Wednesday, March 12 in General Sessions Court.



Joseph and Tara Bullock have previous meth-related convictions

Two Payson resident are in jail on drug charges after police say a Thursday morning search of their home turned up a meth laboratory.

On March 6th at approximately 9:00 a.m., the Payson Police Department, West Central Illinois Task Force, and the Adams County Sheriffs Office conducted a methamphetamine investigation at 202 Brainard in Payson.  Police say the investigation lead to a search of the residence and the seizure of a shake and bake methamphetamine laboratory.

The search lead to the arrest of 34 year old Tara A. Bullock of the residence.

A second resident, Joseph F. Bullock was arrested at 3:00 p.m. near the residence.

Both Joseph and Tara were lodged in the Adams County Jail on Aggravated Unlawful Participation in Methamphetamine Production, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Materials,  Methamphetamine Related Child Endangerment, and Use of Property.

The Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team assisted in disposing of the meth manufacturing chemicals and the Department of Children and Family Services responded and took custody of three children that were staying with a relative at the time of the search.

Adams County records indicate that Joseph Bullock and Tara Bullock were arrested in 2003 on meth charges.  They both pled guilty, and Joseph was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Tara was sentenced to 24 months probation in the case.  All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



Three men and one woman were arrested Thursday in Dallas on federal drug charges after allegedly employing a popular border smuggling technique: storing liquid methamphetamine inside vehicle gas tanks.

Officers with a federal task force used an informant to track the Ford F-250 with two fuel tanks to a home in Pleasant Grove. Agents recovered about 20 gallons of methamphetamine from the secondary tank.

Methamphetamine is flooding into the U.S. from Mexico to fill the void created by police crackdowns on domestic manufacturing operations. Federal authorities have caught on to the gas tank trick while making recent arrests across Texas and other states. They have found liquid methamphetamine not only concealed in gas tanks but also in tequila bottles and other containers.

Special Agent Tim Davis, spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Dallas, said smugglers are always looking for new ways to conceal drugs.

“It’s an adaptive culture, and it’s always been that way,” he said. “They do something for a while, and if it gets compromised they’ll go to something else.”

Last summer, for example, officers at a border crossing in California noticed liquid methamphetamine leaking from underneath a car, near the gas tank. They removed the gas tank and found two compartments, one for gasoline and the other containing meth.

Arrested in Dallas were Blas Hernandez-Andrade, Abraham Plancarte, Ignacio Hernandez and Myra Sanchez-Rodriguez, a federal complaint said. To make the bust, officers with a DEA task force used the cooperation of a defendant in another drug case who was hoping for a lighter sentence, the complaint said.

The complaint described the following series of events:

The informant received a phone call Tuesday from Mexico to say a pickup truck in Waco would be used to smuggle the drug to Dallas. The informant was told to meet the truck at the McDonald’s restaurant in downtown Dallas.

The informant drove the pickup to Dallas police’s southeast patrol station, where a police dog confirmed the presence of the drug. The informant then drove to a Home Depot store to buy buckets to drain the methamphetamine from the tank.

The informant and a relative drained the methamphetamine into the buckets at the informant’s home. Later that night, someone in Mexico called the informant with instructions to deliver the drug the next day to a house. The drug was taken to a house on the 8800 block of Woodcastle Drive.

When officers arrived at the home to search it, one of them smelled liquid methamphetamine and diesel fuel. When they got inside, officers found liquid methamphetamine in the bathtub along with buckets containing the drug from the pickup.

Two small children were in the house along with the four defendants, who were renting it. Hernandez was found hiding underneath the home’s crawl space.

Agents also found numerous baggies containing crystal methamphetamine in kitchen cabinets, as well as large amounts of cash and four handguns. When an agent walked by with a bag of methamphetamine, Plancarte said about the drugs, “That’s what we take care of.”

Hernandez told agents Sanchez-Rodriguez is his wife and Hernandez-Andrade is his brother, according to the complaint. He said he and his wife moved into the house two months ago and he helped purify the methamphetamine by “washing” it with the household chemical acetone.

Sanchez-Rodriguez told agents she counted the money and had counted about half a million dollars of drug money in the last three months.



PEABODY — A Peabody man pleaded guilty yesterday to trying to make methamphetamine in a hotel room at the Holiday Inn in 2012, an effort that ended in an explosion and evacuation.

Joseph E. Penachio, 35, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court yesterday afternoon to one count of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, under a plea agreement that saw prosecutors dropping two other counts.

Penachio, who had been free on bond, was put back into custody pending sentencing on May 30.

Police and firefighters were called to the Holiday Inn, which is located at the junction of Routes 1 and 128, on July 29, 2012.

Some 200 guests, including 25 children, and employees of the hotel were evacuated due to fumes coming from the room after the explosion.

Penachio was arrested last August following an investigation.



Two men who authorities say were taking a load of meth to Tunnel Hill have been arrested after a high-speed chase. One of the men struck a state trooper in the face at the end of the incident Wednesday afternoon.


The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit received information that Thomas Pickle, Jr. from LaFayette was distributing methamphetamine in the Whitfield County-North Georgia area. The Narcotics Unit obtained information that Pickle would be delivering a large amount of methamphetamine in Tunnel Hill.

The sheriff’s office and the Georgia State Patrol were conducting surveillance in the area around 4:30 p.m. and observed Pickle in the passenger seat of a Toyota pickup truck. The truck was being driven by a man later identified as James Sexton. As officers attempted to stop the truck, they fled at a high rate of speed. Officers chased the vehicle on Highway 201 from Tunnel Hill to Varnell. Pickle was observed throwing items out of the window during the chase.



A convicted sex offender out on bail for more than a dozen cattle cruelty charges now faces a felony drug charge for meth distribution.

Court records show Houston County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 28-year-old William Robert Williamson Jr., and charged him with the distribution of meth from his Forrester Road home.


Deputies specifically charged Williams with distribution of a controlled substance on Jan. 28. He was released from custody at the Houston County Jail on Monday after posting $30,000 bail.

Agents with the agriculture division of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation arrested Williamson on Jan. 16 in connection to an animal cruelty investigation involving dead cattle.

Williamson faces 34 misdemeanor crimes in connection to the investigation. Investigators charged him with 17 counts of animal cruelty and 17 counts of failure to properly bury and burn animals.

Houston County Sheriff’s Capt. Antonio Gonzalez said the arrest was made after authorities responded to a complaint involving dead livestock. He said it appeared the livestock died from malnutrition. Gonzalez said authorities discovered around 200 head of cattle on the property, and about 17 were dead.

Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Carlisle said the dead livestock were found on Forrester Road near McCallister Road.

At the time of his arrest on Monday for alleged drug distribution Williamson was out on bail for not only the animal cruelty charges, but a violation of the sex offender registration charge filed against him last week.

He posted $50,000 bail on that charge last week.

Court records show Williamson to be a convicted sex offender.

According to the Alabama sex offender registry website, Williamson was convicted of the second-degree rape of a 15-year-old girl in Houston County in 2006. According to the sex offender website, Williamson listed his home in the 1100 block of Forrester Road in Houston County, and his place of employment as a laborer on property on McCallister Road.

Court records show Williamson listed his employer at Cobb Farms on McCallister Road.

Court records also show Williamson to be a convicted felon after pleading guilty to drug distribution in Houston County in 2006.



FAIRBORN– A fire breaks out in a Fairborn home and now that fire has turned into a possible meth lab investigation.     The fire started around 1:00 Thursday morning at a house on the 1200 block of Victoria Avenue.
Once the flames were out and the smoke cleared firefighters found several dangerous chemicals towards the back of this house.
When firefighters first arrived they saw flames and smoke shooting from the garage behind the house.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire quickly, but as they went through the home they found materials that are consistant with making meth. Certified technicians were then called in.

Crews suited up in hazmat suits to defuse the chemicals and to make the area safe.
Police say everyone in the house got out in time and no one was hurt.

According to police, the garage, where this fire started is rented out as an apartment.     T

he owner of the home was still on the scene when firefighters arrived

Right now, police are not sure if she has anything to do with this possible meth lab or if it was the people renting the garage.
Police are still talking to her as this investigation continues.

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Crews were called to this home on Victoria Avenue near Parkwood Drive at around 1:00 Thursday morning on a reported fire.

The flames and smoke were coming from a garage behind the house, but once officers went inside the structure they found materials to make meth.

The garage is rented out as an apartment.

The owner was in the home at the time but was not hurt.

Right now, police are not sure if the homeowner has anything to do with the alleged meth lab or if it was the people living there.