Nineteen-year-old Jonas Jones was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamines after officers from the Macon County Sheriffs Department discovered a meth lab operation at his 878 Mack Hollow Rd., Westmoreland residence.

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, his department received reliable information on Sunday morning, June 6th, that Jones was in possession of several ingredients used in the production of meth, and was beginning the manufacturing process.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers arrived at the residence, at which time Jones attempted to flea through the back door.

“After apprehending Jones, we found a bottle of ingredients, used to create meth, that was thrown during the foot pursuit,” Sheriff Gammons stated.

After a further search of the property, officers were also able to uncover components used to make meth in a horse trailer near Jones’ home and a second meth lab location under a woodpile behind the residence.

A clean-up crew from the Tennessee Governor’s Task Force was called to the scene to dismantle and safely discard of chemicals used in the manufacturing operation.

Jones is currently being housed at the Macon County Sheriffs Department, where his bond and General Sessions Court date are pending.

“We expect to make more arrests in this case in the near future,” Sheriff Gammons added.