6 charged after meth lab found at Johnson City apartment

Bethany Britt, Brittany Byrd, William Duncan, Dustin Hill, Michael Elliot-Thomure and Emily Phares

Johnson City Police Department officers arrested six people after a methamphetamine lab was found inside a city apartment complex Monday.

According to a JCPD news release, officers responded to Tyler Apartments, 7 Trivette Concourse, Apt. 2, around noon in reference to a complaint about a possible methamphetamine lab at an apartment.

When they arrived, officers made contact with Bethany Britt, 22, 965 Old Boones Road of Jonesborough, Brittany Byrd, 22, 990 Fish Pond Road of Chuckey, William Duncan, 28, 1715 Sand Bar Road of Chuckey, Dustin Hill, 23, 214 Rock House Road, Lot 1, of Johnson City, Michael Elliot-Thomure, 18, 7 Trivette Concourse, No. 2, of Johnson City, and Emily Phares, 28, 7 Trivette Concourse, No. 2 of Johnson City.

Officers found a methamphetamine lab and several other items used to make methamphetamine.

Five JCPD officers were exposed to hazardous materials and smoke, and were taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment.

JCPD Special Investigation Squad responded and took over the investigation and members of the East Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force and DEA Task Force provided assistance and helped with clean-up of the scene.

Britt, Byrd, Duncan and Hill were each charged with initiation of process intended to result in manufacturing of methamphetamine, unlawful drug paraphernalia and five counts of reckless endangerment.

Elliot-Thomure and Phares were each charged with initiation of process intended to result in manufacturing of methamphetamine, unlawful drug paraphernalia, five counts of reckless endangerment and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance or distributing.

All six were taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where Britt, Byrd, Duncan and Hill were being held on $16,000 bond and Elliot-Thomure and Phares were each being held on $26,000 bond.

All were scheduled to appear for arraignment in Sessions Court Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

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