Detectives at the Macon County Sheriff’s Department have been busy working a recent rash of cases involving methamphetamine - three in a matter of six days to be exact.
According to Detective Donnie Crawford, the first case – a meth lab dumpsite – was reported last Tuesday evening on Bradley Hollow Road.
Detective Crawford, accompanied by Meth Tech Captain Larry West, arrived on the scene and discovered a black duffle bag on the side of the road, near a tree. During an inspection of the bag, officers located several components consistent with the production of a shake-and-bake, or single pot method, meth lab, including: Coleman Fuel, drain cleaner, gloves, plastic tubing, blister packs, Mason Jars, pliers and Clorox.
The following day, February 29th, Detective Crawford accompanied a State Probation Officer during a home visit at the Bradley Hollow residence of 43-year-old Willie Robert Barrett, Jr.
“Upon searching the residence, we discovered several components used to manufacture methamphetamine,” stated Detective Crawford. “Among those items was a plastic bottle of Drain-O, ammonia nitrate and a bottle with a tube coming out of the top.”
Mr. Barrett was transported to the Macon County Sheriffs Department, where he was charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture. He is being held on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on March 21, 2012.
With both discoveries made on Bradley Hollow Road, officers are investigating the possibility of a connection between the dumpsite and the components found at Mr. Barrett’s home.
Just five days after Barrett’s arrest, on Monday, March 5th, a second meth dumpsite was reported on West Fork Creek Road, where Detective Crawford discovered a backpack containing ammonia nitrate, Drain-O, coffee filters, salt, a strainer, tubing and a plastic bottle filled with a liquid believed to be Coleman fuel.
“This case is still under investigation,” he remarked. “Anyone with information regarding these cases or any involvement in methamphetamine, should contact the Macon County Sheriff’s Department.”