Kelly Tester, 22, of Johnson County is facing numerous charges in connection with methamphetamine production.
Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Harris recently announced charges against Tester in connection with a “suspicious” fire that destroyed a trailer on Piney Grove Road in Erwin during the production of methamphetamine in January. The trailer, owned by Tester’s grandparents, was said to have been abandoned at the time of the blaze.
More recently, Tester, along with Jason Eldred, 29, were arrested and charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, initializing the process of meth manufacture and possession of drug paraphernalia after authorities discovered the two allegedly operating a meth lab out of a room at the Budget Inn hotel in Unicoi on March 2nd.
Subsequently, on Friday of last week, an agent with the First Judicial District Drug Task Force, Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, and officers with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department went to Shouns Manor Apartments to interview Colleen Stevens and Adam Potter in connection with the investigation concerning the ongoing meth lab investigation in Unicoi County. According to Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece while investigators were at the residence, precursors to the production of methamphetamine were located in plain view. After consent was given to search the residence, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department Meth Task Force Team was called to the location where they dismantled a clandestine lab. “Two children were living at the location,” reported Sheriff Mike Reece. “The children were released to another relative and child protective services were contacted.”
Colleen Stevens, 31, and Adam Lee Potter, 23, were arrested and charged with initiating a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, two counts of aggravated child abuse, possession of Schedule II drugs for resale and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.
The residence has been quarantined and the investigation is ongoing.