CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — Police were chasing alleged shoplifters Sunday when they found a mobile methamphetamine lab in a Clarksville hotel, according to a news release by Clarksville Police Department Spokesman Jim Knoll.
Police responded to a shoplifting call at the 3000 block of Wilma Rudolph Boulevard Sunday after two men were observed shoplifting over $100 in merchandise, Knoll said. One of the men refused to stop for officers and fled the scene, according to Knoll.
Police tracked the man down to a hotel room on the 200 block of Holiday Drive, where they also found several pieces of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine residue, according to Knoll.
Agents with the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force responded to the scene and found a two-liter bottle used to cook methamphetamine, according to 19 JDDTF Spokesman Jamie Dexter.
“Thanks to the steadfast work of CPD officers, we were able to prevent the creation of more methamphetamine in this community, and were also able to put a stop to the often dangerously explosive meth cooking methods inside this local hotel,” said 19th JDDTF Director Jess Reynolds in the press release.
Scroggins was charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and was released on $10,000 bond, Knoll said.