On Sunday, October 2nd, officers of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department were notified that a concerned citizen discovered a suspicious bag containing waste products associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine on Coley Road in Lafayette.According to Detective Darrell Taylor, the bag contained Meth lab components consisting of liquid fire, drain opener, salt, peroxide, lithium batteries, coffee filters and cold packs, which contain the Meth ingredient ammonia nitrate.
Last Sunday’s Coley Road dumpsite, however, was not an unfamiliar scene for the detective, as it tallied the twelfth Meth lab waste discovery in Macon County since January 2011.
“Methamphetamine has become a popular drug to manufacture because it’s made with common household items,” Detective Taylor stated. “But once the drug has been made, the byproducts and trash are hard to get rid of. In order to be sure they can’t be traced back to the individuals involved, it’s common for those who manufacture the drug to drive around and throw them out on the road.”
Due to the toxic fumes created from combining Meth ingredients, these ‘dumpsites’, which often contain the remnants of the poisonous mixtures in bottles, can pose a serious health risk to anyone who comes in contact with their contents. The possibility of a child walking home from the school bus and discovering a bag containing this type of waste is a fear that Detective Taylor hopes is never realized.
Because of the danger they pose to the community, the Macon County Sheriff’s Department asks that in the event you notice a suspicious bag or container in the area, do not touch it. Instead, notify the Sheriff’s Department at 666-3325.
The manufacturing of methamphetamine is an epidemic that has plagued Tennessee since the late 1990’s when the state became known as one of the largest producers of clandestine Meth labs in the country. Rural areas, such as Macon County, were, and still remain, the most sought-after locations for Meth producers.
In response to its spike in popularity, the Tennessee Meth Task Force (TMTF) was established to work with other state local agencies to develop a response that can fight the problem on a community-wide basis.Thanks to the efforts of our local law enforcement, the Tennessee Meth Task Force currently has 12 Macon County meth lab locations listed in its database, four of which were quarantined.
According to a TMTF Meth Lab Seizures report, Macon County had nine Meth lab seizures in 2010, an increase of 800 percent from 2009.
Anyone who wishes to report the production, sale or use of Meth in their area, should contact their local sheriff’s department.