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Originally published: 2013-01-22 16:55:46
Last modified: 2013-01-22 16:55:46

Trio delivers meth lab to ACSO

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A trio of alleged criminals made an unlucky stop after leaving Premier Pharmacy in Newland around 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, when they delivered themselves to Avery County Sheriff’s Office. Two men and one woman left Premier Pharmacy as Sgt. Ben Townsend of Newland Police Department entered. Seeing that the woman had left her driver’s license behind, Townsend made an effort to return the license to the woman. Townsend followed the trio’s vehicle, which stopped directly in front of the entrance to Avery County Sheriff’s Office. 

“The girl had left her license, and I was just going to find them and return the license, and they led me to the sheriff’s office,” Townsend said.

According to Townsend, in the process of returning the license, he discovered that the woman was under an order for arrest from Watauga County. While speaking with the woman, Tim Winters’ K-9 officer with ACSO alerted Winters to the trunk of the car, where he found a mobile methamphetamine lab. 

In response to the discovery of the lab, one of the three suspects fled the scene — Jesse Taylor Timbs, 29 — working his way around Newland for close to two hours before Casey Lee, Winters and a K-9 officer caught the fugitive near White Oak Creek.

According to Sheriff Kevin Frye, the suspect that fled has been charged with assault on an officer for kicking ACSO’s K-9 officer.

ACSO identified the two other suspects as Lance Daniel Nidiffer, 33, and Robyn Marie Willis, 31.