3 accused of running meth lab in Hudson

Aug. 02, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Three Hudson residents are accused of running a meth lab in a home they shared with a 5-month-old child.

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said an investigation began after Ice agents were informed methemphetamine was being made in a mobile home at 4431 Horseshoe Bend Road occupied by James Wallace Jernigan III, 34, Miranda Williams Cherry, 27, and Jonathan Michael Allen, 27. Ice agents, the SBI and Longview police searched the mobile home on Wednesday and found equipment needed to make methamphetamine, chemicals used to make meth, two grams of meth packaged for sale, scales, baggies, needles and other items used to make or use meth, a sheriff's office press release said. The child was not home during the search.

Cherry and Jernigan have made a total of more than 50 purchases of ephedrine-based products, according to the National Precursor Log Exchange, the press release said. Ephedrine, which is contained in certain over-the-counter medications, is an ingredient used to make meth, and the NPLEX was created to track purchases of products that contain it.

Jernigan and Cherry were charged with two counts felony manufactoring methamphetamine, two counts felony possession of maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance, and felony possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine. Bond for each was set at $100,000 secured.

Allen was charged with two counts felony manufacturing methamphetamine. His bond was set at $75,000 secured.