Sheriff's Dept. ends year with meth lab bust

Friday, January 4, 2013

By Karen Hall

Staff Writer

A tip about children possibly living in a house where methamphetamine was being manufactured led to three arrests on the last day of the year.

Marshall County Sheriff's Deputy Mauro Edwards, Child Protective Services Agent Debra Transue, Marshall County Sheriff's Detectives Tony Nichols and Chad Bass went to the home on Sam Simpson Road on Dec. 31.

Brandon M. Caperton, 30, and Shelby D. Ferguson, 30, lived in the house, and both tested positive for meth when officers administered a urine test. Caperton admitted to Edwards he was the one who manufactured the meth, and also stated he smoked it with Ferguson and Kristen C. Leslie, 24, of Murfreesboro. All three bought large quantities of pseudoephedrine in December, according to pharmacy records.

Caperton and Ferguson took care of Leslie's young child while she was at work, along with Ferguson's two children. Leslie admitted soemtimes dropping off pseudoephedrine and the child in the morning and picking up the child and the meth in the evening. Leslie stated she has been smoking meth with Ferguson and Caperton for about four months.

Ingredients and utensils for manufacturing meth were found in the home. The building was placed under quarantine by Special Agent Brad Martin of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

Caperton was charged with three counts of aggravated child abuse and neglect, initiation of the process to produce methamphetamine, introduction of contraband into a penal institution, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at a total of $45,500 and he is due in General Sesssions court on Jan. 8.

Ferguson was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse and neglect, simple possession of a Schedule II drug, and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. Her bond is $30,500, and she will also be in court on Jan. 8.

Leslie was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect and with possession of anhydrous ammonia for use in manufacturing meth. Her bond was $15,000, and she was able to make bond and get out of jail.

The three children who were in the home on Sam Simpson Road were taken into custody by the Department of Children's Services. "The children appeared to be in good health," reported Edwards.