Previously, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency provided the funds to pay for clean-up, but now “it’s up to the police department and ultimately the taxpayer,” Mang added.
The most recent case involving meth in Mt. Juliet, Mang said, occurred on Sunday, March 13, in the parking lot of the Burger King restaurant on Highway 70/Lebanon Road.
Mt. Juliet Police Officer Derrick Way stopped a pickup truck driven by Jessica Barrett of Mt. Juliet who was wanted on an outstanding warrant for violation of probation. She was on probation for promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine.
There was also a passenger in the vehicle identified as Cory Davenport, also of Mt. Juliet.
“A search of the truck revealed a ‘shake and bake’ meth lab,” Mang said. He described this method of producing meth as a combined meth lab in which whatever ingredients are used to make the meth are put in a 2-liter bottle and allowed to cook.
“It’s very dangerous,” Mang noted. The chemicals used in the production of meth can explode, and injuries and even deaths have sometimes occurred to those involved in its manufacture. “People get burned all the time.”
“This cost the City of Mt. Juliet $5,000 to clean up that one lab,” Mang said, adding there were other items inside the truck that had to be disposed of, as well.
Barrett and Davenport were charged with initiation of the manufacturing of methamphetamine process. Barrett was also charged with her second offense of driving on a suspended license.
Both suspects were booked into the Wilson County Jail where they remain. Barrett’s bond on the driving charge is $2,500 and on the drug charge is $10,000. Davenport’s bond on the drug charge is $5,000.
The March 13 incident was not MJPD’s first encounter with Barrett and Davenport.
Mang said on Feb. 11, the MJPD Special Response Team and the Crime Suppression Unit executed a search warrant at 426 Sunset Drive in Mt. Juliet, the home of Barrett and Davenport.
While at the residence, Mang said evidence of manufacturing meth was discovered by officers along with three motorcycles that had been reported as stolen.
The officer said Barrett and Davenport were booked into the county jail that day and were released after posting bond. They were out on bond in this case on March 13 when Way pulled them over in the restaurant’s parking lot.
In another case, Mang said on March 9, the MJPD Crime Suppression Unit and Metro Nashville Police Department stopped a pickup truck turning in to the parking lot of the Suburban Lodge Hotel in Hermitage. Mt. Juliet officers had been working on this case for some time, Mang added.
The truck was driven by Daniel Scheitlin, 30, of Hermitage. The passenger in the truck was identified as Ronnie Arledge, 25, also of Hermitage.
A search of the vehicle reportedly revealed 1 kilo (about 2.2 pounds) of crystal meth, powder cocaine, ecstasy tablets, Xanax pills, marijuana and a handgun, the officer said.
He noted that a search of Scheitlin’s hotel room reportedly revealed “1 pound of high grade marijuana and more firearms.”
Scheitlin and Arledge were booked into the Metro Nashville-Davidson County Jail on drug and weapon charges.
Scheitlin was released after posting bond. His total bond was $28,000. Arledge remains in jail under a total bond of $111,000. Mang said Mt. Juliet officers believe the suspects have been transporting crystal meth into Wilson County where they also allegedly were distributing it as well.
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