According to Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers, when bounty hunters Gary Phillips and Tom Chambers of Chattanooga entered the apartment of 35-year-old Roy Fowler on May 18, they discovered an operational methamphetamine lab.
Fowler, living at St. Victors Apartments on Victors Lane, was wanted for skipping bond in a case in Chattanooga.
“They called the Sheriff’s Department immediately,” Summers said. “We had a car there in a matter of minutes.
“This is what we would identify as a large operation, capable of producing several thou-sand dollars worth of methamphetamine a day,” Summers said.
Besides Fowler, Phillips and Chambers detained several suspects: Stephanie Summers, 31, of Red Bank, Tenn.; Debrah Hammon, 29, of Rossville; William Ray Reichle, 24, and Steven Kilgore, 22, of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.
All five suspects were charged with trafficking methamphetamine.
“It was identified as an established operation and had apparently been in operation for quite some time,” Summers said.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, this is the first arrest of this type in Catoosa County since a new law went into effect last week making it a felony to possess large quantities of over-the-counter cold medication, which is utilized in the manufacture of methamphetamine