A traffic stop by Johnson City police early Friday morning resulted in methamphetamine charges for a Butler man and a Johnson City woman.
According to a report from the JCPD, driver Amanda Clark, 28, 141 E. Market St., Johnson City, and her passenger, Mark Harrison, 44, 4101 Highway 321, Butler, were spotted by officers at 1:35 a.m. near West Main and Whitney streets driving with their vehicle’s lights off.
The officers said the vehicle quickly turned into an alley and as they approached the car on foot, Carter got out and attempted to leave.
Police report that while interviewing the two occupants, they seemed nervous, which led the officers to find medical syringes lying in the car.
When taking Harrison into custody on an active arrest warrant, the police noticed a strong chemical smell coming from the vehicle and called the East Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force to further investigate.
According to the JCPD, a technician discovered several components of an active meth lab in the car, along with digital scales, glass pipes used to smoke the drug and more syringes.
Carter and Harrison were arrested and booked into the Washington County Detention Center.
Carter was charged with driving on a suspended license, manufacturing a controlled narcotic, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of the light law and placed under a $12,000 bond.
Harrison was charged with manufacturing a controlled narcotic and possession of drug paraphernalia and placed under an $11,000 bond.
Both are scheduled to appear in Washington County General Sessions Court for arraignment Friday morning.