UCSO: Deputies investigating discovery of butane ‘wax’ lab; suspect charged

Katrena Bowers (Unicoi County Sheriff's Office)

UNICOI COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Authorities in Unicoi County were called to the scene of what was described as a butane lab, where a drug called by the street name “wax” was being made.

According to Sheriff Mike Hensley, “wax” is a strong form of a marijuana derivative.

Investigators told News Channel 11 the drug is very dangerous, not only to use, but also to manufacture.

It is made from pure butane which is highly flammable.

Investigators said “wax” is 80% more pure than THC and there are many ways to use it.

“You can actually even rub it into your skin, you can smoke it, you can inject it. a lot of kids are using this new drug and we’re definitely going to put a clamp in it in Unicoi County,” Hensley said.

He said the lab was discovered at the Best Southern Motel on Jackson Love Highway.

The Meth Task Force was also called to clean up the hotel room.

Hensley said this is the first time the drug has been found in Unicoi County.

Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Katrena Star Bowers, 36, of Erwin.

She was charged her with failure to pay fines and costs, possession of a weapon during a felony, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are used or sold, manufacture of schedule I drug, possession of a schedule VI drug for resale, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule VI drugs and possession of a schedule I drug.

Bowers was scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on July 6.

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