The Washington Times-Herald

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April 24, 2013

Meth arrest in Knox County

WASHINGTON — Saturday the Knox County Sheriff's Department received information on possible illegal drug activity in the area of Brown Road. A deputy patrolling the area noticed a strong chemical odor consistent with the illegal manufacturing of mathamphetamine coming from a residence located at 181 E. Brown. Deputies made several unsuccessful attempts to contact the occupants before contacting Knox County Prosecutor John Sievers for a search warrant.  The Knox County Emergency Response Team entered the residence and found Stephen Shaye Frye along with two minor children. Mr. Frye was taken into custody and the two children were transferred to Knox County Child Protective Services. Also taken into custody at the residence were Michelle Lyn Crouse and Dustin Michael Wildman. While on the scene, officers also found a working clandestine meth lab and a cylinder metal pipe object that was believed to be a possible improvised explosive device or pipe bomb.

Frye was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a destructive device.

Wildman was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance.

Crouse was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of mathamphetamine, visiting a common nuisance and two counts of neglect of a dependent.

All are waiting hearing in Knox County.

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