WCSO Arrest Two for Alleged Meth Sales, Manufacturing

Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Two for Alleged Meth Sales, Manufacturing Two Carthage residents have been arrested and are being held at the Wilson County Correction Facility for allegedly making and selling methamphetamines. A concerned citizen notified Wilson County Deputy Matt Bush of suspicious activity surrounding two individuals sitting in a 2000 Nissan Frontier truck sitting in a field off the roadway in the 9000 block of Bluebird Road in Lebanon on Jan. 30. Upon responding to the information, Deputy Bush saw a man and woman sitting in the car matching the description the citizen reported. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Richard Scott Stewart, 44, of 115 Hilltop Dr., Carthage, Tennessee. His passenger was 32-year-old Desarae  Starlett Arnold of 121 Langford Dr. Carthage, Tennessee. Upon further investigation, Deputy Bush spotted numerous items inside the bed of the truck, including  chemicals, drugs, drug ingredients, and apparatus that are consistent with the manufacturing and promotion of methamphetamine. Inside the cab of the truck, Deputy Bush saw the pair with methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia to include scales, smoke pipe baggies, and syringes. Deputy Bush immediately summoned Wilson County Deputy Jason Anderson, a certified Clandestine Lab Technician to the scene. Deputy Anderson determined that a methamphetamine cook had recently occurred and there was potential for a future meth cook based on the items located within the truck. Deputy Anderson cleared the scene of all harmful chemicals and items that could cause harm to the public, along with protecting the environment from exposure that could affect livestock and other wildlife within the area.   Wilson County Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants and arrested the pair for promotion of methamphetamine, possession of Schedule II methamphetamine for resale, and drug paraphernalia.   “The methamphetamine situation in Wilson County continues to escalate,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “I have taken substantial steps to deter this rising problem. We are fortunate to have a part-time training officer who was previously assigned to the DEA and has vast knowledge related to methamphetamine.”   Sheriff Bryan described the training officer, who asked not to be identified, as “doing a tremendous job with educating our deputies on the hazards of methamphetamine and how it affects our community.”   “This is apparent by the observations and actions both Deputy’s Bush and Anderson took in resolving this current situation to prevent any further exposure to the community. We have a specific ongoing process here at the Sheriff’s Office where we are in the process of training additional clandestine lab technicians in an effort to effectively handle the methamphetamine problem and limit the effects on our community.”

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