A trio of Boone area residents have been charged after a search of a residence just outside the town limits. Wednesday August 13th, detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit ended a two week investigation with the arrests of three individuals said to be purchasing items for the manufacture of methamphetamine. While executing the searching warrant at 125 Graggville Rd.—just off West King Street—detectives discovered a clandestine “Shake and Bake” laboratory, the laboratory found inside a bag which contained several chemical ingredients and an apparatus that had been used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Also found was a one liter bottle that contained approximately 400 milliliters of what is suspected of being “methamphetamine oil”, which is methamphetamine, suspended in a liquid prior to the final stage of the manufacturing process. Three suspects were found at the 125 Graggville Rd. Boone, residence:

Tommy Robbins, 46, Tasha Ritchie, 24, and Gerald Miller, 53, all of whom were living at the residence at the time, according to the release.

The three suspects were arrested on multiple counts including Possession of Precursor Chemicals with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Manufacture Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Dwelling for the Use of a Controlled Substance. Robbins and Ritchie were set a $50,000.00 secured bond and Miller was set a $25,000.00 secured bond, with all three suspects are scheduled to be in court on September 24th.