Phone call leads to arrest on drug-related charges

Published 8:34 am Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dana Charles Whaley

Dana Charles Whaley

A caller reporting suspicions about a home in Elizabethton led to drug-related charges for the resident at the home.

At around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Elizabethton Police Department officers responded to 608 Locust St., Lot 12, after receiving a complaint alleging a meth lab was in the storage building outside the mobile home.

Officers said they found items in the trash outside the home that contained components used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Officers reported resident Dana Whaley denied having knowledge of the items found in the trash outside the home.

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The incident report said Whaley gave consent to search his residence, where officers say they located a piece of aluminum foil with burn marks on it. According to the report, Whaley admitted using the aluminum foil to smoke methamphetamine.

Officers also reported finding items in the kitchen trash that were believed to be remnants of components used to manufacture meth, along with paraphernalia used to smoke meth.

Whaley was arrested and charged with initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Whaley is set to appear in Carter County General Sessions Court on May 12 at 9 a.m.