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Martin charged with tampering
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A man faces evidence tampering charges after he tried to destroy evidence against him in front of the arresting officer.
The defendant, Shawn Edward Martin, 33, was bound to the grand jury by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on charges of initiating the process to manufacture meth, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and tampering with evidence.
His case is going before the grand jury after lawmen went to his house on Pigeon Hill Road to investigate allegations of drug activity. According to sheriff’s investigator Steven Carpenter, he saw a baggy with white residue inside when he encountered Martin sitting in a vehicle in his driveway.
“I asked Mr. Martin if he had anything else and he stated he had a syringe,” Carpenter said in his warrant against Martin. “When I reached to get the syringe he grabbed it and squirted all the liquid out.”
A search of his person netted items that suggested he was either making or assisting in the making of methamphetamine. Martin reportedly admitted to his involvement in a clandestine lab.
“He stated he had a meth lab in the closet of his bedroom,” Carpenter said. “A search of the house revealed numerous items commonly used in the manufacture of meth.”