Authorities release names in rolling meth lab case

By Mark Boxley
of The Daily Times Staff

Three individuals arrested today in connection with what authorities are calling a rolling methamphetamine lab have been named by authorities.

Teresa Lynn Coada, 51, Lake City, Boyd Eugene Cable, 45, Greenback, and Helen Michelle Brewster, 37, Lenoir City, were all taken into custody at about 2:30 p.m. and are facing pending charges of promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine. Brewster has an additional charge of manufacturing methamphetamine pending against her.

The three individuals were arrested after members of the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force pulled them over in two separate vehicles on Elbert Lane near U.S. 411 South. A black Ford F-150 pickup truck at the scene reportedly contained materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine in its bed.

Members of the Drug Task Force were seen wearing hazmat suits as they started to go through the contents of the truck’s bed, and a Blount County Fire Department hazmat truck was on the scene along with a Rural/Metro Ambulance Service vehicle.

Members of the Greenback Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene.
According to Blount County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Marian O’Briant, authorities were alerted to the three suspects after an area pharmacy reported suspicious activities to police at about noon.

An undercover investigation by the Drug Task Force culminated less than three hours later with the arrests on methamphetamine-related charges. A fourth individual, Daisy Mae Sturgill, 38, Sweetwater, was cited with possession of a Schedule II substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was a passenger in Brewster’s vehicle and was released at the scene.

At least one of the three people arrested was decontaminated by emergency personnel at the scene.

Investigation into the incident is ongoing.