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Police connect meth to Jonesborough man, find more at his Highway 81 South residence

From STAFF REPORTS
A Jonesborough man was among two individuals arrested last week in connection with the discovery of a methamphetamine dump site on Freehill Road in Gray late last month. During his arrest, police also discovered a small meth lab at the Jonesborough man’s residence.
Authorities with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, 1st Judicial Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Bryan S. Paul, 50, 2101 Hwy. 81 South, and Andrew D. Rowland, 39, 1201 N. Barton St., Johnson City, following an investigation into the Sept. 24 discovery of the meth dump site.
At that time, police discovered, processed and cleaned up a meth lab dump site that held 13 meth labs known as “one pot” labs.
While following up on leads, authorities discovered two additional labs and other items used to manufacture methamphetamine at a Northwood Avenue home in Gray.
Days after, tips led police to the 500 block of Kyker Road in Limestone. There, they discovered more items used to manufacture meth, including ether containers and petroleum products.
Investigators also observed Rowland smashing a glass container that held methamphetamine in powder form. Rowland was charged with possession of methamphetamine.
Authorities also followed leads to Paul’s residence, where they discovered an active methamphetamine lab in the garage area, along with numerous chemicals and items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Investigators also recovered a handgun from the residence.
Paul was charged with promotion to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for resale, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The investigation is ongoing with more charges pending. Investigators are considering presenting the case for federal prosecution.