Keith T. Jones, 18, of Mercer, Clyde Nichols, Jr., 23, of Jackson and Ida Crowley, 18, of Jackson, were arraigned Monday morning, via video link, in Jackson City Court. Judge Blake Anderson set each person’s bond at $30,000.
Nichols and Crowley are both facing charges of initiation of methamphetamine manufacture and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jones is facing charges of methamphetamine manufacture, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon and resisting arrest.
If they do not make bond, Nichols, Crowley and Jones will have their preliminary hearings at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 26.
According to the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit and the affidavits of complaint, on Sept. 13, Jackson police patrol officers were sent to the Phillips 66 gas station, located at 2089 Hollywood Drive, in reference to suspicious acting people. Officers arrived and found Jones, Nichols and Crowley on the property. Jones fled the scene on foot when he saw the officers, but he was captured a short time later and returned to the scene.
As the officers investigated further, they discover a portable meth lab located inside a pink backpack that was in the trio’s possession.
The affidavit said Jones had three syringes and two Schedule II pills (morphine sulfate) inside his right front pocket. A pair of black brass knuckles was also found in the grass where Jones was caught.
Crowley had a spoon and three syringes on her, the affidavit said.
The three suspects were placed under arrest and taken to the Madison County Jail.
Investigators from the Metro Narcotics Unit were called to the scene to process the lab materials. The backpack was found to contain precursors, reagents and equipment used to make meth. A suitcase, with meth precursors and ingredients inside, was also discovered. There was also a completed cook (shake and bake method) that was still in liquid form inside a 20-ounce bottle.
The lab components were taken apart and processed and a response truck from the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force was called to the scene to package and remove the hazardous wastes and lab equipment, the unit said.
The unit asked that anyone with additional information about this case or any other drug activity can call the Jackson Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit at 731-424-6485 or CrimeStoppers at 731-424-8477.