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Jonesborough Man and Woman Arrested on Methamphetamine Charges

On Feb. 21, investigators with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office
arrested Samuel McCoy Sanders III, 34, and Crystal Michelle Sanders, 29,
both of 429 Bill Jones Road, following the discovery of meth at the
While searching the home, authorities say they spotted Samuel Sanders
take items used to make meth from Crystal Sanders and attempt to destroy
them. Officers then discovered a one-pot meth lab inside as well as a
bag of marijuana and numerous items used to manufacture meth, according
to reports.
The Sanders as well as three children ranging in age from 6 to 9 were
evacuated from the home.
During the breakdown of the meth lab, while in protective gear, police
also recovered several animals from the home, including a dog, lizards,
turtles and a boa constrictor.
Illegal wildlife items were also found inside the home as well as
firearms, ammunition and other materials used in the manufacture,
processing and packaging of drugs.
Both individuals were charged with maintaining a dwelling where
controlled substances are used or sold, possession of schedule II, IV
and VI drugs for resale, initiation of the process to manufacture
methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of child
neglect/endangerment, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a
dangerous felony.
Samuel Sanders was also charged with tampering with evidence.
His bond was set at $121,000, while Crystal Sanders’ bond was set
$111,000. Both may receive additional charges from Washington County
Animal Control and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in connection to
the live domestic animals, illegal wild animals, and illegal wild animal
parts located at the home.