5 arrested in 3 Blount County meth-related incidents

5 arrested in 3 Blount County meth-related incidents

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Cynthia Evans (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Cynthia Evans (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)
Steven Rauhuff (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Steven Rauhuff (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)
Joseph Scearce (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Joseph Scearce (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Rhinehart (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Joshua Rhinehart (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)
Ditrah Guffey (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Ditrah Guffey (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Blount County officials responded to three separate meth-related cases Monday, one of which was an active meth lab.

Five people in all were arrested and three were cited with meth-related charges.

2 arrested in vehicle on Hunter's Crossing Drive

The first incident happened around 4 p.m. Investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force stopped a vehicle on Hunter's Crossing Drive after a local business alerted them three suspicious persons were trying to buy pseudoephedrine, which is often used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Investigators stopped the vehicle because they recognized the driver, Cynthia Renee Evans, 47, and knew she was driving on a suspended license. Evans allowed the investigators to search the vehicle. They found pseudoephedrine and other items used in the manufacture of meth.

Evans; Steven Lynn Rauhuff, 51; and Joseph Ray Scearce, 25; were all arrested. All three were charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Evans was also charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine. Rauhuff had an outstanding warrant for violation of probation.

3 arrested with precursors to meth in vehicle on U.S. Highway 411

A narcotics investigator saw three persons acting suspiciously in the parking lot of a business on U.S. Highway 411 South around 5 p.m.

Investigators conducted a traffic stop, and during a search they found pseudoephedrine and other precursors to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Dillion Justin Johnson, 22; Steven Michael Ayers, 24; and Adam Reed Walker, 25, were all cited with immediate methamphetamine precursors and released.

Active meth lab found in vehicle on Wright Road

Around 6 p.m., the Maryville Police Department responded to a call that a person was manufacturing meth in a vehicle at a residence on Wright Road.

When officers arrived, they found Joshua Rick Rhinehart, 28, in his vehicle. They also found several components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, as well as several one-pot meth labs, one of which was in use.

Investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force arrived to neutralize the labs. The Maryville Fire Department decontaminated Rhinehart on the scene. Rhinehart and Ditrah Lynn Guffey, 30, were taken into custody and charged with initiating the process of methamphetamine and promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine, respectively.

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