Rutherford County authorities seized more than 80 bottles used to manufacture illegal methamphetamine on Monday night at a Rockvale home.
The sheriff's office reported that the 82 bottles used to manufacture the illegal drug broke the record for the most “shake and bake” bottles seized in the state of Tennessee.
“In my opinion, methamphetamine has become an epidemic in this state and a huge problem and a liability for the citizens of Rutherford County due to the fact that the state is running out of money for methamphetamine clean up. The responsibility of the clean up may fall back on the citizens of Rutherford County because methamphetamine producers are making this highly toxic and flammable narcotic that is destroying not only their lives but those of their family and friends,” Sheriff Robert Arnold said.
Authorities began their investigation in Rockvale when suspect Stacy Brown was taken into custody on arrest warrants from Greene County, Tennessee.
“When they took him into custody, they found three grams of methamphetamine on his person,” Sgt. Tony Hall said.
Narcotics detectives were immediately notified of the findings. Detectives obtained consent to search Brown's home where investigators found an immediate chemical odor.
“In a quick sweep of the room, we identified one to two one-pot labs,” Sgt. Hall said. “We backed out for safety and airborne dangers.”
Charges are pending against Brown who is being held at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.