Macon County Chronicle

Car Quarantined: Meth Lab Inside

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Pictured above are the components of a meth lab found by THP Officer Danny Fisher inside a vehicle during a routine traffic stop.

A routine traffic stop led to the discovery of drugs and a meth lab last Saturday afternoon in Macon County.

According to Trooper Danny Fisher of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, he stopped a 1988 Dodge Dynasty on Epperson Springs Road just after noon on April 2, 2016, for a seatbelt violation. Trooper Fisher discovered that the male driver, 22-year-old Zachery Graves, had a revoked license and, while speaking with Graves, he detected the smell of burned marijuana.

After Graves denied any use of marijuana, Trooper Fisher was given consent to search the vehicle by the car’s owner and female passenger Shelby Bray, age 20.

During his search, Trooper Fisher found a cigarette pack with a rolled up coffee filter inside containing about a gram of methamphetamine and one marijuana roach. A second marijuana roach was also found in an ashtray.

THP Sergeant Ashley Mercer and deputies from the Macon County Sheriff’s Department arrived on the scene, and Miss Bray was asked to empty her pockets. Upon doing so, another rolled up coffee filter containing methamphetamine was discovered in her coat pocket. 

A further search of the vehicle led officers to find a fully functional meth lab inside a cooler connected to a folding sportman’s chair. 

The vehicle was then quarantined, and the Tennessee Meth Task Force was called in by MCSD Detective Darrell Taylor for clean up.

Graves and Bray were both charged with promotion of meth manufacture, possession of a schedule II drug, possession of a schedule VI drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. Graves was additionally charged with driving on a revoked license and Miss Bray received the additional charges of driver’s license violations and seatbelt violation.

Graves and Bray are both being held at the Macon County Jail on $29,250 bond and $29,900 bond, respectively. 

They are scheduled to appear in Macon County General Sessions Court on June 8, 2016.

“I’d like to thank the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and all those who were involved and assisted with this case,” remarked Trooper Fisher.