A Macon county man was arrested last Tuesday after his home was searched and twenty-three bottles of ammonia nitrate were found ready for the meth production. He was charged with twenty-three counts of Initiation of the process intended to result in manufacture of methamphetamine.
Mr. Lyons is on state probation in Clay and Macon County.
“We had received information that Mr. Lyons was making meth at his residence,” said Det. Crawford. “I contacted his probation officer, and told her the situation and she said that we could go ahead and search and she’d come over in a few minutes.”
One of the terms of probation is that any law enforcement officers have the right to search a probationer’s residence at any time. “Once we got to the residence,” said Crawford, “we knocked and nobody answered; there appeared to be nobody home. So we started looking on the outside of the property.
“There was a little Ford ranger pickup truck parked on the property and it had several bags of trash. We started looking in the trash and every bag you could see containers of lighter fluid, in every bag you could see three or four bags of those. So at that time we just started looking at the trash a little bit more.
“So once we tore open a bag, we started seeing bottles. We called some meth techs, which would be Det. Tyler and Kimball Hall, so they started tearing through the trash bags some more. Red Boiling’s meth tech Jimmy Morgan was also on the scene, and he started going through. That’s when we located twenty-three Smart water bottles that had ammonia nitrate, with several more bottles of lighter fluid. We found coffee filters with Sudafed pills chopped up. At that time we went in the residence where we found more lighter fluid, and bags of receiptkhs where he’d bought smart water bottles and several other items”
Altogether, the officers recovered yellow lighter fluid, bottles of ammonia nitrate, several muratic acid bottles, lithium batteries, coffee filters, cold pack boxes with ammonia nitrate, Claritin blister packs, some plastic bottles with unidentified liquid in it, a pill crusher in a plastic bag, and a plastic baggie with some powder residue in it.
“Mr. Lyons showed up probably about an hour after we got on the scene. When he got here we took him into custody,” Crawford said.
Lyons is being held for his August 22 court date without bail.
Two other meth arrests were made in Red Boiling Springs, during the same week: Brandon Dozier and Brenda King, both charged with one count of promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Officer Jimmy Morgan states he arrested the two while assisting the Department of Children Services on a referral of a drug exposed child. He states that King admitted during an interview to making purchases of pseudoephedrine to trade for methamphetamine. She also tested positive for meth by way of drug testing by the Dept. of Children Services.
Dozier confirmed during investigation and questioning that there were drugs in the home—a small bag of marijuana and a pipe. He also gave a statement, however, that had purchased pseudoephedrine two or three times at the Rite Aid in Hartsville, TN. “Dozier stated he would give the purchases to his girlfriend’s mom, Brenda King,” reads the arrest report, “and she would trade this for methamphetamine. Dozier stated the last time he used meth was about one month ago with Brenda King.”
Brenda King resides at 209 Willis Knight Dr in RBS, and Dozier is at 202 Church Street in RBS. In addition to the meth related charge, Dozier faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Sch. VI drug. Court dates are on 9/5. Dozier’s bond is set at $51,500, and King’s bond was reduced from $50,000 to $3,000.