Grainger County meth lab explodes, injures suspect

11:39 AM, Jan 28, 2012   |    comments
  • James Elwood Keck
  • Brandy Lee Gibson
  • Krystal Holbert
  • Johnny Ray Lee
  • Cecille Marie Evans
    
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Five people were arrested in Grainger County after deputies say they raided an active meth lab.

It happened just after midnight Thursday at a home on Highway 92 in Rutledge.

According to a release from the sheriff, when officers entered the home, one of the suspects, 33-year-old Krystal Lynn Holbert, ran to the bathroom and attempted to flush the meth-making materials down the toilet.

The homemade meth lab exploded and burned Holbert's face. She was treated and then transported to the Grainger County Detention Center.

"It astounds me at what lengths that some of these individuals will go to continue or conceal their habits," Grainger County Sheriff Scott Layel said. "Moisture is one of the factors that causes the chemical explosion, and the fact that she was attempting to flush it in a toilet is amazing to me. She could have easily killed herself, the other defendants, and the officers at the scene."

Holbert was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000, criminal simulation and tampering with evidence. Her bond was set at $79,000.

Also arrested were:

Johnny Ray Lee, 27, of Rutledge. he's charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, resisting arrest, criminal simulation and failure to appear capias. His bond was set at $52,500.

James Elwood Keck, 30, of Luttrell. He's charged with manufacture of methamphetamine and violation of probation. His bond was set at $50,000.

Brandy Lee Gibson, 24, of Luttrell. She's charged with manufacture of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $50,000.

Cecille Marie Evans, 42, of Rutledge. She's charged with manufacture of methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $50,000.

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