An early morning search in the Jasper section of Lee County has led to three arrests and discovery of a meth lab.
Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons reported that just after midnight Thursday morning his office received a call of suspicious activity at 274 Sherman Crouse Drive. Upon arriving Deputies Sergeant J.T. Coleman, Chris Dillman and Bob Harber observed a male subject setting an item outside a window, and another male climbing out of another window.
Parsons said officers discovered the item was part of an active methamphetamine lab. They then detained the two males and discovered a female inside the residence.
According to Parsons Lieutenant A.J. McQueen was called to the scene. Officers then obtained consent to search and discovered the rest of the laboratory along with the chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine.
Aimee Payne, 38, of 274 Sherman Crouse Drive Big stone Gap, Va, along with Bruce Allen Sturgill, 29, of 2217 6th Avenue Big stone Gap, Va and Samuel Lee Stidham, 35, of 2012 Carnegie Lane Big Stone Gap, Va were all charged with manufacturing Methamphetamine and possession of precursors for manufacturing. All were held without bond.
Parsons commended the work of the officers involved in the seizure and arrests.