A billboard designed to get people to turn in suspected meth cookers has already paid off in Blount County.
Wednesday evening, the Blount County Sheriff's Office was investigating a tip they received about suspected meth-related activity at a house on Terry Way in Maryville.
When deputies arrived, two suspects took off on foot. Five other people were arrested. Deputies found 15 separate "one pot" method meth labs. Investigators later found another related lab at a separate location.
Catherine Ann Cole, 24, of Louisville, was charged with criminal conspiracy and promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine, as well as an attachment for contempt on a previous charge. She is being held on bonds totaling $60,000.
Mitsue Anne Gilbert Eichin, of Maryville, was charged with criminal conspiracy and promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine. She is being held on bonds totaling $15,000.
Shawn Edward Tucker, 23, of Friendsville, was charged with maintaining a dwelling where controlled substances are used or sold, criminal conspiracy, promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine, as well as two violations of probation charges. He is being held on bonds totaling $72,573.79.
Sarah Diane Herrell, 34, U.S. Highway 411 South, Maryville, was charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal conspiracy. She is being held on bonds totaling $15,000.
A 17-year-old female was also taken into custody and is being held at the Blount County Juvenile Detention Facility pending a detention release hearing.
Deputies are still looking for the two men who ran away when they arrived.
The tip that led to the arrests came as a result of the "Cash for Cooks" program started by the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force, the Blount Memorial Foundation and Community Outreach.
A large billboard went up on the Hwy. 129 bypass in Alcoa, and another will go up on Cusick street later this month.
Anyone with information about suspected meth activity is asked to call the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force at 865-977- SANO (7266).