Kentucky fugitive arrested in McMinn County on meth charges

Kentucky fugitive arrested in McMinn County on meth charges

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Jeffrey Sieber (source: McMinn County Sheriff's Office) Jeffrey Sieber (source: McMinn County Sheriff's Office)

ATHENS (WATE) - A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper arrested a man wanted by authorities in Kentucky at a rest area in McMinn County Saturday night after discovering a mobile methamphetamine lab in his vehicle.

Jeffrey Earl Sieber, 33, was taken to the McMinn County Jail and charged with being a fugitive from justice, felony initiation of methamphetamine, felony drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence (DUI - drugs) and violation of the registration law.

THP says Trooper Kevin Hoppe was patrolling the rest area on Interstate 75 southbound at mile marker 45 when he spotted a 1993 Toyota pickup truck with the driver's side window busted out.

Trooper Hoppe asked the driver if he needed help. The driver said he was looking for directions.

Hoppe noticed the driver, later identified as Sieber, appeared intoxicated and was trying to hide something on the floor of the car. Hoppe also noticed a chemical odor and that the vehicle had an expired tag.

Additional questioning prompted Hoppe to put Sieber in his patrol car. Hoppe then discovered Sieber was wanted in Kentucky for violation of parole on an original charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Hoppe also discovered a needle and components of a rolling meth lab in the vehicle.

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force out of Chattanooga was contacted and assumed responsibility of meth lab and paraphernalia upon their arrival.

Sieber was taken to the McMinn County jail, where he will await extradition from Kentucky authorities.

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