Three linked to 30 meth labs indicted

Three Franklin County residents connected to 30 different meth labs discovered this past March were indicted by a recent grand jury, officials said.

Monica Leeann Young, 31, 146 Duncan Farm Rd., Russellville; was indicted for one count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, 21 counts of first-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance and 10 counts of attempted second-degree manufacturing a controlled substance.

Addie Michelle Oliver, 36, 458 Pace Lane, Spruce Pine, was indicted for 21 counts of first-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance, one count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of attempted second-degree manufacturing a controlled substance.

John Grady Oliver, 34, 458 Pace Lane, Spruce Pine, was indicted for 21 counts of first-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance.

According to Oliver, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a concerned citizen on March 17 who said he had found multiple meth labs in plastic soda bottles in a ditch on Franklin 36 near Rockwood Baptist Church.

Oliver said when sheriff’s deputies and investigators with the Franklin County Drug Unit arrived on the scene, they found garbage bags containing chemicals and multiple inactive meth labs.

“Even though the labs were inactive, they still had components of the meth left inside them and were very dangerous,” Oliver said.

While law enforcement was on the scene, Oliver said a person drove up who gave them a description of a vehicle that had allegedly been observed throwing the meth-related items out of their car.

Oliver said Young was one of the suspects inside the vehicle when it was located.

“Investigators then went to her home on Duncan Farm Road where they found active meth labs along with paraphernalia and ingredients used to make meth,” Oliver said.

“Addie and John Oliver were also in the home at that time.”

“This could have been a very dangerous situation, especially since many of the meth labs were found on a public road where anyone could have stumbled across them,” Oliver added.

“We appreciate the concerned citizens who reported these crimes and helped us get these drugs off the streets.”

Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing said all three cases would be set for arraignment on October 29.

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