Identity released in meth lab case

Dandridge man wanted for violating probation on other drug charges
Feb. 12, 2013 @ 12:02 PM

TBI has released the identity of a Dandridge man whose arrest led enforcement officers to discover what they believe to be a meth lab in Sevier County.

Charles Craig Rhodes, 45, of 1571 Water Front Drive in Dandridge, was wanted for violation of probation on a previous conviction for promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, according to an incident report from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Rhodes is not to be confused with the person of the same name who found discrepancies in the November liquor by the drink referendum in Pigeon Forge and helped Concerned Churches and Citizens of Pigeon Forge get the results of that election overturned.

Officers with the Fourth Judicial District Drug Task Force learned Rhodes was staying at a house on W.A. Brown Road in a part of Strawberry Plains that extends into Sevier County. When officers went there to make the arrest, they could see components for making meth in plain view, but Rhodes would not provide consent for them to search the premises. He was apparently living at that address, according to TBI spokesperson Kristin Helm.

The house has been quarantined, and the meth ingredients have been removed, said Sgt. Doug Ogle of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, who assisted in dismantling the lab.

“We went and assisted. I actually assisted in taking the lab apart,” he said. “We went and as sited. I actually assisted in taking the lab apart.”

Rhodes was taken to the Jefferson County Jail on the violation of probation charge. No charges have been filed regarding the lab at W.A. Brown Road, but that case is still under investigation.

 jfarrell@themountainpress.com