Three Arrested in Metro Narcotics Sting
7 Eyewitness News Staff
JACKSON, Tenn. - An undercover operation by the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit led to three arrests and the seizure of a meth lab in Crockett County. The investigation took place, Tuesday, with the cooperation of various local pharmacies. Officers targeted people purchasing pseudoephedrine products, which are essential to make methamphetamine.
According to investigators, Jason Maupin, 34, and Jacob Hardin, 32, both of Gadsden, were found to be in possession of pseudoephedrine, which they intended to use to make meth at their home in Crockett County.
Inside the home, officers reported finding other meth making ingredients and three previous "shake and bake" meth cooks.
Maupin was charged in Madison County with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and violation of the seat belt law.
Hardin was charged in Madison County with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and had an outstanding arrest warrant for violation of promotion.
Both were arraigned in Madison County General Sessions Court and are currently being held at the Madison County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond each.
The Crockett County Sheriff's Office is also expected to charge Maupin and Hardin with manufacture of methamphetamine, initiation of methamphetamine manufacture, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment.
In a separate incident, officers said Elijah David Seller, 26, of Medina, was found to have syringes containing morphine and a 100 mg morphine pill. He was arrested and charged with possession of Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license.
In addition, Sellers was charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license from the investigation of a separate incident in Madison County within the past 30 days.
Sellers was arraigned in Madison County General Sessions Court and is currently being held in the Madison County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.
Anyone with additional information about these cases or any other drug activity can call the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit at (731) 424-6458 or CrimeStoppers at (731) 424-TIPS.