City police, investigating a complaint of suspicious activity at a Fant Drive apartment, discovered a non-functioning methamphetamine lab April 7, and a small quantity of the drug, also known as “crank.”
Detective Charles Myers said a neighbor of Melissa Ann Simpson, of 1830 Fant Drive, apartment J-56 in the Battlewood Apartments community, complained to police of excessive traffic in and out of the woman’s apartment and possible drug activity.
“I went over there to speak with Ms. Simpson, and she denied any type of drugs or a lab (were in her apartment),” Myers said. “She gave me consent to search the house and I found a lab and an amount of methamphetamine.”
Simpson, 26, said she did not know who owned the drugs or how they got in her apartment, Myers said.
The detective said the meth lab was not in operation at the time. The bust netted one-quarter ounce of methamphetamine, he said.
Following the discovery of drugs and paraphernalia, Myers contacted Lt. Dave Scroggins and the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department’s narcotics division to package and remove the lab from the apartment.
Simpson faces one felony charge each of possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance, and manufacture of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a government housing project, Myers said.
She is being jailed at the Catoosa County Detention Center.
In an unrelated case, Fort Oglethorpe police arrested four residents after breaking up a fight April 8 at a house at 939 Cross St.
“Information was received that illegal drugs were in the residence,” Fort Oglethorpe Police Chief Steve Blevins said. “The resident gave consent to search the home and officers found components for the manufacturing of methamphetamine.”
Officers arrested Barbara Jean Campbell of 939 Cross St. on charges of criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of Schedule 4 drugs, and affray.
Mark Otis Elkins of 437 Beaver Road was charged with criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, and affray.
Stephen Edward Elkins of 931 Cross St. was charged with possession of Schedule 2 drugs, and affray.
Jeffery Eugene Campbell of 12 Warren St. was charged with criminal trespassing, and affray.
Blevins said all four suspects are being jailed at the Catoosa County Detention Center