Samuel Mccoy Sanders III and Crystal Michelle Sanders
Crystal Michelle Sanders, Samuel Mccoy Sanders III

Three Children Wild Animals Removed From Meth Infested Home

February 21, 2012: Outstanding warrant leads to Multiple Charges for Jonesborough Man and Woman.

According to Sheriff Ed Graybeal, Investigators arrested Samuel Mccoy Sanders III, age 34 and Crystal Michelle Sanders, age 29, both of 429 Bill Jones Rd at their home, following an attempt to arrest another subject who is a relative to the pair. While searching the home for the subject of the outstanding warrant Investigators observed Samuel Sanders take items used to manufacture Methamphetamine from Crystal Sanders and attempt to destroy those items.

Investigators handcuffed Samuel Sanders and discovered a "One Pot" Methamphetamine bottle inside the room where Samuel was located; a large bag of Marijuana in another room, and numerous items used in the manufacture of Methamphetamine throughout the home. Investigators evacuated the home of the 2 adults and 3 juvenile children ages 6-9.

During the breakdown of the Methamphetamine lab and all its precursors, while in protective gear, Investigators recovered several animals from the home including a small dog, lizards, turtles, and a Boa Constrictor. Investigators recovered numerous items from inside the home such as; White gasoline, coffee filters, drain cleaners, various illegally diverted prescription pills, marijuana, processed Methamphetamine, firearms, ammunition, and other items used in the manufacture, processing, packaging, and protection of drugs. Illegal items of Wildlife were also found inside the home.

Both Sanders were charged with: Maintaining a Dwelling Where Controlled Substances are Used and/ or Sold, Possession of Schedules II, IV and VI for Resale, Initiation of the Process to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Child Neglect/ Endangerment x 3, Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Dangerous Felony. Samuel Sanders was also charged with Tampering with Evidence. Samuel's bond was set at $ 121,000, while Crystals was $111,000. Both are scheduled for arraignment tomorrow morning at 0900am.

Both may receive additional charges from Washington County Animal Control and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in reference to the live domestic animals, illegal wild animals, and illegal wild animal parts located at the home.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Methamphetamine Task Force, Washington County Animal Control, Embreeville, Nolichuckey Volunteer and Jonesborough Fire Departments, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Red Cross, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and the 2nd Judicial Drug Task Force were called to assist.