Two Arrested After Meth Lab Found During Traffic Stop

September 24, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
James Dillion Mitchell
Amy Elizabeth Mullican
Gregory Allen Mayo
Johnny Ray Farless
Barbara Ann Covington
Jack C. Adams
Joey Phillip Phelps
Tommy Lynn Parsley

A DeKalb County Sheriff's Department drug detective made a traffic stop last Thursday and arrested two people after finding a one pot meth lab in the vehicle.

19 year old James Dillion Mitchell of Morrison and 19 year old Amy Elizabeth Mullican of Woodbury are charged with initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Mullican was also charged with simple possession of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine).Bond for Mitchell is $25,000. Mullican's bond is $27,000. They will be in court October 4

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, September 20 the drug detective stopped a vehicle on Highway 70 east for having a headlight out. Mitchell, the driver, had very slurred speech and he kept dropping things in the car. The detective noticed a strong chemical odor coming from the automobile. Mitchell was asked to get out of the vehicle. He submitted to a search and the detective found in Mitchell's coat pocket, rubber tubing taped to the lid of a bottle. In Mitchell's pants pocket, the detective found a sock which contained a scale, glass pipe, and aluminum foil. Mullican, the owner of the vehicle and a passenger, gave consent to search the automobile and the detective found a plastic bottle, a one pot lab, in the front floor board along with two small plastic containers that held lye, three cut hoses, and empty blister packs. Mitchell said that the one pot lab belonged to him. Mullican admitted to knowing the one pot lab was in the car. A female correctional officer was called to the scene to search Mullican. Found in Mullican's bra was a small plastic baggie with a white powdery substance believed to be methamphetamine.

Meanwhile, 44 year Gregory Allen Mayo of 521 Dry Creek Road, Smithville is charged with simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana), simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance (suboxone), unlawful possession of a schedule II drug for resale (methamphetamine), violation of the drug free school zone, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. His bond is $50,000 and he will be in court on October 4.

Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, September 18, a drug detective and deputies from the sheriff's department went to Mayo's residence to serve a warrant on him. Mayo's home is across the street from the Smithville Church of Christ Day School. Upon approaching the residence, the detective saw Mayo inside hunkered down by the window. Officers later found a handgun on the floor by that window. The gun was loaded and ready to fire. According to Sheriff Ray, Mayo is not permitted to have a weapon because he has a felony conviction in Rutherford County for manufacturing methamphetamine. When the detective knocked and announced that officers from the sheriff's department were at the door, Mayo crawled to a bedroom and hid under the covers. The detective entered the residence, went to the bedroom and ordered Mayo to get up and to show his hands. When Mayo got out of bed, officers found underneath him a plastic bag that contained several baggies, including one which held a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and another which held a white rock like substance weighing 2.8 grams that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Also inside the bag were five baggies which held smaller rocks of the same white substance believed to be meth. Each weighed .3 grams. A plastic bag was also found in Mayo's wallet which held some marijuana along with two packages of suboxone strips, one opened and the other unopened.

19 year old Johnny Ray Farless of Cooper Avenue, Smithville is charged with unlawful possession of a schedule II drug for resale (methamphetamine). He will be in court on October 4. His bond is $5,000.

Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, September 19 a drug detective of the sheriff's department got behind a vehicle on Foster Road that was traveling in the center of the roadway. The automobile turned left onto Miller Road and then left onto Cooper Avenue. The detective activated his blue lights and the vehicle stopped. Farless, the driver, gave the detective consent to search and found in Farless' back left pocket was a flashlight that contained eleven small baggies. Seven of the baggies held a white rock like substance that field tested positive to be methamphetamine. The other four baggies were empty. Farless said he was only trying to make some money.

Another person has been charged in the burglary of four vehicles parked at Four Seasons Marina in July, a case WJLE reported on last week. In the latest development, 43 year old Barbara Ann Covington of Murfreesboro was arrested on Wednesday, September 19 and charged with four counts of burglary, one count of theft under $500, two counts of theft over $500, one count of theft over $10,000, and fraudulent use of a credit card. Her bond totals $200,000 and she will be in court October 4.

According to Sheriff Ray, Covington and Timothy Ray Featherstone of Murfreesboro, who was arrested on September 12 in Georgia, allegedly broke into four vehicles parked at Four Seasons Marina at 327 Marina Drive. Items were taken from each vehicle. Featherstone, who is charged with the same offenses as Covington, is under a $200,000 bond.

52 year old Jack C. Adams of Old Bildad Road is charged with a third offense of driving under the influence. He was also issued citations for simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is $4,500 and he will be in court on October 11.

Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, September 18, a deputy responded to a call of a man riding a lawn mower on Seven Springs Road. He appeared to be intoxicated. The officer found him on Webb Lane and stopped to do a welfare check of Adams. The deputy smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage on Adams' person and his speech was slurred. Adams admitted to drinking five beers. He submitted to but performed poorly on several field sobriety tasks. He was unsteady on his feet. Adams submitted to a blood alcohol test. Adams had on his person in a zip lock bag a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. The bag also contained rolling papers.

32 year old Joey Phillip Phelps of Dowelltown was arrested on Saturday, September 22 for domestic assault, a charge which was filed against him on June 1st. His bond is $3,500 and he will be in court October 4.

Sherifff Ray said that on June 1, an officer of the sheriff's department was called to the Phelps' home in response to a domestic disturbance between Phelps and a relative. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke to the victim, whose nose was cut and swollen. The left side of his head was also bloodied. The victim said that he and Phelps had gotten into an argument over the phone and it became physical. Phelps hit the victim and they both went to the ground fighting. Another relative pulled them apart. Phelps grabbed a concrete ashtray and hit the victim in the head with it. Phelps then left the scene. The victim was transported by DeKalb EMS to the hospital emergency room. It was determined that Phelps was the primary aggressor.

29 year old Tommy Lynn Parsley of Mount Juliet is charged with two counts of evading arrest, a sixth offense of driving on a suspended license, simple possession of a schedule III drug (suboxone), and simple possession of a schedule IV drug (xanax). He was arrested on Saturday, September 22. His bond totals $39,000 and he will be in court on October 11.

Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, September 18, a drug detective of the sheriff's department spotted Parsley operating a motor vehicle on the Old Blue Springs Road, entering Highway 56 south. The detective knew that Parsley's drivers license were suspended. A computer check confirmed that Parlsey's license were suspended for failure to satisfy prior citations in Wilson County. The detective got behind Parsley's vehicle and activated his blue lights on Highway 56 between Keltonburg Road and Magness Road. Parsley sped up to about 80 miles per hour while approaching sharp curves and three other vehicles in front of him. The detective decided to terminate the pursuit due to Parsley's record of evading and reckless driving.

Four days later, on Saturday September 22, Sheriff Ray said a deputy went to Circle Drive in Dowelltown to serve an arrest warrant on Parsley. Upon arrival, the officer saw Parsley sitting in a vehicle. The deputy activated his blue lights and pulled up to the vehicle. Parsley jumped out of his automobile and tried to flee on foot. The officer called for Parsley to stop, but he kept running. The deputy chased after Parsley and placed him under arrest. During a search, the officer found in Parsley's left front pocket a metal blue container that held nineteen peach colored pills believed to be xanax and half of an orange pill thought to be suboxone. He also had a cut straw in his right pocket.

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