Kingsport couple arrested on methamphetamine related charges


(WJHL) – A Kingsport couple faces drug-related charges after police say they found a meth lab in a mobile home park.

Monday evening, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to 1347 Tranbarger Drive, lot #5, in Kingsport to investigate a report of possible drug activity.

Upon arrival, officers encountered the resident, James R. Dinsmore, his girlfriend, Wilma J. Bledsoe, as well as Dinsmore’s four grandchildren, ranging from 3 to 10 years of age, who also live there.

A search of the home was conducted and in one of the bedrooms, officers located multiple components and materials commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine as well as two “one-pot” method cook bottles with components inside.

Mr. Dinsmore was arrested and charged with 1) Initiation of the Process to Result in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine, 2) Maintaining a Dwelling for the Use, Manufacture, or Distribution of Drugs, 3) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia, and 4) Child Endangerment.

Ms. Bledsoe was arrested and charged with Maintaining a Dwelling for the Use, Manufacture, or Distribution of Drugs.

Both suspects were transported to the Kingsport City Jail for initial processing, with Mr. Dinsmore remaining there for confinement, but Ms. Bledsoe then being transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville for confinement. 

The K.P.D. Vice and Narcotics Unit and the Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force responded to assist with the collection of evidence and the safe clean-up of the scene. The Kingsport Fire Department arrived to assist with any decontamination that was deemed necessary.

Police said the four children were taken to a “safe environment.”

Both Dinsmore and Bledsoe were arraigned in Kingsport General Sessions Court Wednesday morning. Dinsmore’s bond was set at $26,250 and Bledsoe’s at $4,000. They’re both due back in court February 22.

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