Meth offenses continue, police say

Posted: 3rd October 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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PUTNAM COUNTY — The dangerous synthetic drug methamphetamine continues to be a problem in this area, police say.

Here are some of the recent cases:

• Two persons were arrested on Sept. 30 after Putnam Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Reams went to 906 N. Franklin Ave. looking to serve a warrant.

He said as soon as he exited his vehicle he smelled a strong chemical odor coming from the residence. When he made contact with the homeowner, he asked permission to search the place.

That search turned up an active one-pot meth lab which was “producing methamphetamine” in a bathroom, the deputy said.

He also alleges that he found muriatic acid, a medicine dropper containing an unknown acid, some crystal drain opener, and a coffee grinder with pseudoephedrine residue in it.

Charged with initiation of meth manufacture were the following:

— Lendzi Brooke Chandley, 31, of N. Franklin Ave., Cookeville.

— James Glyn Wallace, 42, of N. Franklin Ave., Cookeville.

They were booked into the Putnam County jail, where bond for each was set at $25,000. They have a Nov. 5 court date.

• On Sept. 29, Algood Police Officer Brandon Bean stopped a vehicle on Highway 111 because it did not have taillights.

“During the stop, I observed in plain view components I recognized as items consistent with manufacturing meth,” the officer said.

Allegedly, he found in the vehicle a clear bi-layered liquid in a Gatorade bottle, a pack of lithium batteries, charcoal lighter fluid, tubing, a funnel, and a gallon jug of paint thinner.






He also alleges that he found a glass case containing various paraphernalia associated with meth and a small plastic baggie of white crystals which field tested positive for meth.

“The defendant also advised that for people’s safety he had thrown out the activator bottle,” one warrant says.

That “activator bottle” was later recovered “still bubbling on the side of Highway 111,” the officer said.

Arrested in the case was Alexander James Leroy Evans, 23, of Indianapolis, Indiana. He is charged with manufacture of meth, initiation of meth manufacture, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Evans was booked into the Putnam jail, where his bond was set at $25,000. He has a Nov. 5 court date.

• On Oct. 1, after an investigation by Cookeville Police Officer Jamey McCurry, a man who allegedly discarded suspicious packages on Salem Road was arrested on meth charges.

Spencer Jordan Wiest, 21, of N. Franklin Ave., Cookeville, is charged with initiation of meth manufacture in the case.

Officer McCurry was dispatched to the Knight’s Inn on Salem Road after someone there reported seeing a man carry two packages out of a room and place them underneath a trailer.

A witness looked into one of the packages and then called police.

“Sgt. Jeff Johnson and I removed the two bags from under the trailer,” the officer’s report says.

The bags contained three empty plastic bottles, a bottle of pill residue, two bottles with a clear bi-layered liquid, a camping stove, a lithium battery, a ph test kit, a funnel, a digital scale, multiple coffee filters, drain cleaner, and three packages of ammonium nitrate from cold packs.

The Meth Task Force was called in to remove the items.

After further investigation, Wiest was arrested and taken to jail. His bond was set at $25,000, and he goes to court Nov. 5.



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