Dalton Police Department Busts “Old School” Meth Lab

Friday, February 8, 2013
Officers Tommy Ensley (left) and Serena Martin (right) photograph and log evidence as a DPD drug investigator in a hazmat suit removes components of a meth lab from an apartment at 900 Vernon Avenue Thursday night.
Officers Tommy Ensley (left) and Serena Martin (right) photograph and log evidence as a DPD drug investigator in a hazmat suit removes components of a meth lab from an apartment at 900 Vernon Avenue Thursday night.
- photo by Bruce Frazier

A month-long undercover drug operation by the Dalton Police Department Drug Unit led to three arrests and the discovery of a large meth lab Thursday night.  Bruce Wayne Bailey, 45, of 521 Monroe-Green Road in Trion, Chayne Allen Bailey, 23, and Katherine Leighann Wheat, 21, both of 900 Vernon Avenue were all arrested and charged for their roles in the manufacture or distribution of methamphetamine.

Drug investigators from the Dalton Police Department had been investigating the sale of methamphetamine by Bruce Wayne Bailey and his son, Chayne Allen Bailey for the past two months.  That undercover investigation led detectives to obtain an arrest warrant for Bruce Bailey and also a search warrant for his workplace, a radiator shop at 113 Emery Street. 

Shortly before those warrants were scheduled to be executed on Thursday afternoon, a patrol officer performed a traffic stop on a car being driven by Katherine Wheat who lives with Chayne Bailey.  Ms. Wheat gave officers consent to search her vehicle and they found a meth pipe. Drug Unit detectives were contacted and after investigating they learned there was a meth lab operation at the apartment at 900 Vernon Avenue that she shares with Bailey and obtained a search warrant for the residence.

Officers and investigators from the Dalton Police executed the search warrant at 900 Vernon Avenue and discovered a red phosphorous-type meth lab at the apartment.  A red phosphorous lab is a more “old school” type of meth lab that is becoming more rare as meth producers have switched to the single-pot “shake and bake”.  The red phosphorous or “red P” type lab is a much larger operation than the smaller “shake and bake” type labs.  Chayne Allen Bailey was at the apartment and was arrested. 

Chief Ray Grossman from the Cohutta Police Department responded to the scene to help investigators secure and dismantle the lab. Chief Grossman serves as the area’s meth site safety officer.  Investigators wearing hazmat suits dismantled the lab and waited until a cleanup team contracted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation could respond to the scene and safely remove the components. 

After discovering the lab, investigators then served the search warrants on Bruce Bailey at his workplace on Emery Street.  He was in possession of 1.4 grams of meth and was arrested.  

Bruce Bailey was charged with possession of methamphetamine and selling methamphetamine.  Chayne Bailey and Ms. Wheat were both charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of ephedrine/pseudoephedrine/phenylpropanolam, and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.  

The cleanup cost for the lab is estimated at $10,000 which is covered by the GBI.


Top City Of Chattanooga Salaries

Here are the top salaries for the city of Chattanooga: Bean, Russell J       City Judge        $170,537.41 Paty, Sherry B City Judge        $170,537.41 Berke, Andrew L.        Mayor  $161,030 Fletcher, Frederick Allen Police Chief     ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: APPLEBET, MICHAEL VERNARD  1706 BRADT ST CHATTANOOGA, 37406  Age at Arrest: 57 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga PUBLIC INTOXICATION DISORDERLY CONDUCT --- BABCOCK, JEREMY RAY  1134 SHADY FORK RD CHATTANOOGA, 37421  Age at Arrest: 37 years old Arresting Agency: East Ridge ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (5)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden This July

I can never remember a day in July when my garden, my lawn, my dogwood tree, and my ferns are all wilting for lack of rain. Right now we are more than eight inches under our average rainfall for the first six months and, on this wonderful weekend, those who love firecrackers are urged to keep a pail of water in case a spark could cause a fire. On the other hand, every July 4 th ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Whips Dalton For Top Spot In Blue

The Signal Mountain Green Giants have the upper hand in the Chattanooga Area Swim League’s highly-competitive Blue division and the clinched at least a tie for first place with Thursday’s win over Dalton, but they’ll have to wait until Tuesday before the championship celebration can officially begin. The Green Giants lost to Dalton by 15 points at Dalton in the first week of ... (click for more)

Travis Hale New Softball Coach At Soddy-Daisy

Travis Hale, who spent one year under being groomed for the job, has been named the new softball coach at Soddy-Daisy High School. Hale, who previously was an assistant coach at Hixson and head coach at Loftis Middle School, was groomed for the job last season working under coach Wes Skiles, who has stepped down after four seasons. “I focused on paying attention to what ... (click for more)