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Seven arrested in meth bust

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By Lizz Marrs

Seven people are behind bars tonight after a search for a wanted man lead police to a drug bust.

Washington County TN Sheriff's officials say they were looking for James White who had a warrant out for violation of probation. A tip for his whereabouts lead them to a house full of meth related arrests. Friday night, Washington County deputies went to the home of John Landers II on the 2200 block of Hicks Road in attempts to contact White.

That's where investigators say 2 shake and bake meth labs were discovered, as well as a bag full of Sudafed boxes and other drug related items.

The seven people in the house tried to avoid arrest, but police found them hiding under beds, in closets and two even in the attic.

White, Landers, and five more- Lindsey Phipps, Ginger Holtsclaw, John Jackson, Dustin Cash and Tristan Brewer- were arrested at the scene.

They're all charged with promotion to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Landers also faces the charge of maintaining a dwelling where drugs are sold or stored.

White is also charged with the initiation of manufacturing meth and violation of probation.

Neighbors are now relieved to see the drugs off their street.

“Glad that they're gone. Glad that it's over. It's been a quiet neighborhood for a long time and it's really been worrisome to a lot of the neighbors,” says neighbor Jim Chatman.

Bond is set at $70,000 for Landers and White. But because of the violation of probation, a no bond hold was placed on White.

The others remain in jail on a $60,000 bond.

Animal control was also called out to the house last night to remove a pit bull.

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