Complaints lead Sheriff to meth lab bust

Photo Submitted  Deputy Keith Liford discovered various items used to manufacture methamphetamine.
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Deputy Keith Liford discovered various items used to manufacture methamphetamine.

While responding to a recent complaint, Knox County Deputy Keith Liford discovered the tell tale signs of methamphetamine production.

Deputy Liford arrived at a residence on Garrison Lane in Gray Friday, Oct. 9, where, according to Liford, he found numerous items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, including burnt aluminum foil strips containing methamphetamine, and used coffee filters with residue.

Constable Reed Murphy assisted Deputy Liford in arresting Michael Smith, 48, and Tonya Mills, 41, both of Gray.

Smith and Mills were both charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Smith, who was also wanted on Knox County bench warrant for failure to appear on charges of theft by deception, received the additional charge of prescription controlled substance not in original container.

Both Smith and Mills were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.