Tipton County couple arrested for meth, allowing dog to charge sheriff's deputy | Crime
On March 3rd, Tipton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Investigators were executing a search warrant surrounding the manufacturing of methamphetamine (meth) at 4530 Pickens Store Road in Mason, TN.
Upon arrival investigators and the K9 team began to approach the residence. The investigators and deputies encountered Fred Masters, Jr., 44, and his wife, Sharon Hebert, 40 who were outside the residence near the garage.
As the investigators approached the duo, Masters turned and unlocked the chain link fence releasing his female pit bull resulting in the attack of Sheriff’s Office personnel and K9 Ero.
During the attack deputies had to shoot the pit bull to free Ero and Deputy BJ Williams.
Masters during the attack fled on foot into the wooded area behind the residence. Hebert was taken into custody at the scene.
Deputy Williams and K9 Ero received minor injuries during the incident.
Tipton County Animal Control responded to the scene to assist in the investigation and took custody of the pit bull.
Investigators during the execution of the search warrant inside the residence smelled a strong chemical odor commonly associated with the manufacturing of meth. Investigators recovered an active lab in the attic of the residence.
In the bedroom investigators recovered pseudoephedrine tablets which is the main ingredient in the process of cooking meth.
In additional there was approximately 3 grams of meth, hydrocodone pills, paraphernalia and other meth components within the residence.
The West Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force personnel responded to assist in the proper clean up and disposal of the hazardous materials in the residence.
Investigators have charged Sharon Hebert with Initiation of Methamphetamine, Promotion to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Schedule II and Schedule III narcotics with Intent to Sell, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Hebert remains in custody with no bond awaiting her initial appearance In Tipton County General Sessions Court.
Fred Master, Jr. remains a fugitive at large and is wanted in connection with the incident. Fred Masters Jr. is being charged with 5 counts of Aggravated Assault, Evading Arrest, Initiation of Methamphetamine, Promotion to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Schedule II narcotics with Intent to Sell, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
“We are fortunate that the deputies and investigators were not injured more seriously in such a vicious attack by the pit bull. K9 Ero did a great job and helped to protect the deputies when they came under attack. We need the communities help in locating Fred Masters, Jr. Masters is on foot and is described as a white male, 5’11” in height, 160 lbs, red curly medium length hair and moustache. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Fred Masters, Jr, please call the Criminal Investigations Division at 901-475-3300, Central Dispatch after hours at 901-475-4300, phone in tips at 901-475-3007, email tips to Sheriff@tiptonco.com. This is an example of the steps a meth cook will go to have their drugs.”