Traffic stop reveals rolling meth lab
Posted By Sparta Live | May 27, 2010 12:00 am
Three people face drug charges after a traffic stop, on May 23, allegedly led to the discovery of meth and meth-making components.
According to Deputy Joey Williams with White County Sheriff Department, he was on patrol as part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office’s Click It or Ticket campaign.
Williams stated he initiated a traffic stop, at approximately 4:57 p.m., on a maroon Chevrolet pickup truck, on Bunkerhill Road, because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
The driver, James Paul Pinkston, 39, of Sparta, was reportedly found to be wanted on active arrest warrants in White County.
Williams said he noticed an orange backpack in the front passenger-side floorboard.
Pinkston and his two passengers, Elizabeth Alane Bastin, 31, and Bobby Clyde Michael Parks, 27, both of White County, reportedly denied ownership of the backpack.
Williams, a certified meth lab investigator, stated he received backup from deputies Jacob Groce and Dustin Farris after learning that Pinkston and Parks were on probation.
A search of the backpack reportedly revealed several items consistent with the production of meth, including crushed pseudoephedrine pills, iodine crystals, acid and lighter fluid.
Sheriff Oddie Shoupe and Chief Deputy Tommy Simmons also responded to the scene.
Williams stated, while Bastin was detained, a taped-up container and meth pipe fell out from under her clothing to the ground.
Two small bags of meth were reportedly inside the container.
A hazardous materials crew was called to process the scene.
Williams said all three individuals were arrested and charged with initiation of process to manufacture meth and unlawful drug paraphernalia.
Bastin was also charged with simple possession.
Parks also faces three counts of violation of probation.