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Accidental call to 911 leads to 5 meth arrests

WBIR.com, January 23, 2014

An accidental phone call led to the arrest of five people for making meth.

McMinn Co Sheriff Joe Guy said a call came into 911 early Tuesday morning from a home on County Road 527 near Etowah. The dispatcher could hear people talking on the other end of the line.

"It appears it was an accidental phone call," said Sheriff Guy, "but the people around the phone were talking about their drug use, drug manufacturing and drug transactions.

Deputies were sent to the home to to check it out, and they saw meth lab components on an outside porch. No one would answer the door, but officers could see people moving around inside. They got a search warrant, and a tactical team entered the house around 7 am.

Five people were arrested: Donna Russell, 46; John "Eddie" Dawson, 43; Danny Dawson, 42; Nicolas Smith, 26; and Jerry Moses, 52.

Inside the residence, officers found traces of methamphetamine, as well as numerous components used to make meth. Several items of stolen property were also recovered and returned. The house was quarantined due to recent meth manufacture.

"We get very few meth lab reports from citizens compared to a few years ago," said Sheriff Guy. "But it's still here, and we will continue to be aggressive in stamping it out."