Three charged with cooking meth in Forge hotel

Feb. 27, 2013 @ 02:20 PM

A group of would-be clandestine meth cooks operating at a local hotel got a surprise knock at the door from police after the officers got an anonymous tip about them.

Police found six people inside a room at the Pin Oak Parkway Inn at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, and wound up arresting three, Chief Jack Baldwin said.

“We got an anonymous tip they were cooking meth in the room and we went down there and sure enough they were,” he said. “We did a knock and talk and the officers could see it.”

All six people had to go through a decontamination process because they’d been exposed to the toxic chemicals and fumes used to make the drug, but after talking to them and investigating, officers only charged three of them, Baldwin said.

Shawn Christopher Wills, 33, of 1275 Old Sevierville Pike in Seymour, was charged with manufacturing meth and tampering with evidence after he allegedly tried to flush some of the ingredients down the toilet. He was being held at the Sevier County Jail Wednesday in lieu of $75,000 bond.

Jeremy Andrew Johnson, 32, of 611 Old Knoxville Highway, and Scott C. Nybeck II, 24, of 225 Hazel Drive in Sevierville, were both charged with promotion of meth. Johnson was being held at the jail in lieu of $15,000 bond, and Nybeck’s bond was set at $10,000.

The hotel room where they were operating the lab has been quarantined, along with the rooms on either side, Baldwin said. They will have to be decontaminated before they can be used again.

jfarrell@themountainpress.com