According to Chief Deputy Bryon Satterfield, the most recent lab was found in the Old Lake Road area while detectives searched for a wanted suspect.
“After receiving consent to search for the suspect, officers located several bottles used for the shake & bake method of manufacturing methamphetamine in a crawl space located under the home,” Satterfield stated.
A further search of the residence led to the discovery of another lab next to a fire pit on the property and additional labs inside a small barn. A backpack, which contained components used in the manufacture of meth, was also found in the barn.
One arrest was made and the case is under further investigation.
The week earlier, officers found themselves at a similar scene on Taurus Farm Road, while making a home visit to a resident on probation.
While looking around to ensure the resident was in compliance with his probation, officers located a trashcan that contained components used to manufacture methamphetamine, including coffee filters and ammonia nitrate.
After completing their search of the property, Richard Murphy was arrested and booked at the Macon County Jail for the manufacture of meth. The case is still under investigation.
In both cases, local meth tech Darrell Taylor was called to the scene, and the Tennessee Meth Task Force assisted in the clean-up.
If you have any information about the use or manufacture of methamphetamine, contact the Macon County Sheriff’s Department at 666-3325.