The Carter County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit shut down another meth lab late Wednesday and arrested a 44-year-old mother on charges of being the lab’s “cook.”

Teresa M. Hernandez was taken into custody without incident at her rural Lone Grove residence, according to Deputy Gregg Johnson, CCSDNU. She was booked into the Carter County Detention Center. A tip from a citizen targeted Hernandez in a short term investigation that led to her arrest.


The Carter County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit shut down another meth lab late Wednesday and arrested a 44-year-old mother on charges of being the lab’s “cook.”
Teresa M. Hernandez was taken into custody without incident at her rural Lone Grove residence, according to Deputy Gregg Johnson, CCSDNU. She was booked into the Carter County Detention Center. A tip from a citizen targeted Hernandez in a short term investigation that led to her arrest.

Johnson said Carter County narcotics officers launched the investigation into allegations Hernandez was “cooking” methamphetamine at her rural trailer.

“During the course of the investigation a search was conducted at her residence. Several items of evidence, including a tank containing anhydrous ammonia, were located that showed methamphetamine had been manufactured,” Johnson said.
Members of Ardmore Police Department’s narcotics division assisted deputies at the scene.

Thursday the district attorney’s office filed a formal manufacturing methamphetamine charge against Hernandez. She made an immediate initial appearance in district court. Bond on the charge was set at $50,000. Hernandez currently remains jailed pending the posting of bond or the outcome of her preliminary hearing.

Hernandez’s arrest marks the eighth methamphetamine lab or manufacturing related operation Carter County narcotics officers have shut down since January. Sheriff Ken Grace said the shut downs were the direct result of a joint effort.

“It takes citizen information, sound investigation and cooperation between law enforcement agencies to successfully shut these operations down. That’s what we’ve got going for us and we are going to continue to conduct these kinds of investigations and make cases,” Grace said. “I urge citizens to continue to remain alert and aware and report suspicious activity and odors in their neighborhoods. When we get information, we do investigate.”

Persons with information can contact the sheriff’s department by calling (580) 223-6014.

Marsha Miller 221-6529
marsha.miller@ardmoreite.com