Two more arrested in ongoing drug investigation at Erwin apartment complex

UPDATE: Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office deputies have charged two more people as part of an ongoing drug investigation at an Erwin apartment complex.

According Chief Deputy Frank Rogers said for the past 60 days the sheriff’s office has been conducting an undercover investigation at Fox Gate Apartments where they purchased methamphetamine from the residents on several occasions.

A man and woman who live at the apartment — Josh McGee and Brandy Gosnell — were arrested Thursday night after deputies executed a search warrant.

According to the sheriff’s office, McGee was charged with three counts of sale of methamphetamine, three counts of conspiracy to sale schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling where drugs are sold.

Gosnell was charged with conspiracy to sell schedule II drugs, sale of methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling where drugs are sold.

Two other people — Zachary Kelley and Tosha Kalmbach — were arrested at the apartment complex on Wednesday night, after a methamphetamine lab was discovered.

Rogers said they believe that the McGee and Gosnell and Kelley and Kalmbach are connected.

An investigation is ongoing at this time, and Rogers said the sheriff’s office and the drug task force are working together on the investigation.


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ERWIN, TN WJHL) – Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office deputies have identified two suspects in their investigation into a methamphetamine lab found Wednesday night at an Erwin apartment.

Authorities in Erwin, who were investigating a possible break-in at the Fox Gate Apartments, discovered a meth lab Wednesday night.

The Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office said around 9 p.m.drug agents observed an individual — Zachary A. Kelley, 27 — climbing through a window at 504 Fox Gate Drive, a residence where detectives already had an ongoing drug investigation.

Detectives made contact with Kelley and got consent to search the apartment and found drug paraphernalia, including marijuana and methamphetamine.

Kelley and Tosha L. Kalmbach, 36, who both live in the home, are now in Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office custody.

Kelley and Kalmbach were arrested and charged with initiating the process to manufacture methamphetamine, as well as charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both Kelley and Kalmbach were taken to the Unicoi County Jail.

The entire complex was evacuated because of safety and fire concerns.

The Tennessee Meth Task Force was also called to the scene.

During a live interview on News Channel 11 at 11, Frank Rogers with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office said officers were trying to remove health threats caused by the meth lab before beginning their investigation.

“Very dangerous situation,” Rogers said. “Anytime you have an apartment complex where more than just one individual or the individuals involved in the meth manufacturing live is a recipe for disaster.”

Rogers said the apartment where the meth lab was found is still under the order of quarantine, and said no one is allowed inside until it is deemed safe.

“The investigation’s still ongoing there. I anticipate that there will be more charges coming … as the investigation progresses,” Rogers said.

 

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