|On February 13, 2018 at approximately 6:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to 1347 Tranbarger Drive, lot #5, in Kingsport to investigate a report of possible drug activity.
Upon arrival, Officers encountered the resident, James R. Dinsmore, his girlfriend, Wilma J. Bledsoe, with whom he cohabits the trailer, as well as Dinsmore’s four grandchildren, ranging from 3 to 10 years of age, who also reside there.
With consent, a search of the home was conducted. In one of the bedrooms, Officers located multiple components and materials commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine as well as two “one-pot” method cook bottles with components inside.
Mr. Dinsmore and Ms. Bledsoe were consequently arrested. Mr. Dinsmore was charged with 1) Initiation of the Process to Result in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine, 2) Maintaining a Dwelling for the Use, Manufacture, or Distribution of Drugs, 3) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia, and 4) Child Endangerment. Ms. Bledsoe was charged with 1) Maintaining a Dwelling for the Use, Manufacture, or Distribution of Drugs.
Both suspects were transported to the Kingsport City Jail for initial processing, with Mr. Dinsmore remaining there for confinement, but Ms. Bledsoe then being transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville for confinement. Both remain in custody pending arraignment.
The K.P.D. Vice and Narcotics Unit and the Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force responded to assist with the collection of evidence and the safe clean-up of the scene. The Kingsport Fire Department arrived to assist with any decontamination that was deemed necessary.
Animal Control was summoned to take possession of two dogs that were found inside the trailer. The four children were subsequently removed from the residence and will be relocated to a safe environment.