Drug dog helps find meth-making materials in car trunk

Two men were arrested Friday after an Oak Ridge police officer allegedly found a backpack in a car trunk filled with materials and equipment used to make methamphetamine.

Oak Ridge Police Officer John Thomas stopped a black Chevrolet carrying the two men—Cody Clinton Brown, 23, of Clinton, and Lonnie Ray Carroll, 43, of Briceville—after he observed an alleged hand-to-hand exchange between that car and another vehicle at Walgreen’s. Thomas said both vehicles left the parking lot rapidly as he approached.

After he stopped the Chevrolet, his drug-detecting dog alerted to a drug odor coming from the car, Thomas wrote in a court affidavit.

The backpack he found in the trunk contained coffee filters, bottles, funnels, pliers, a bottle containing a flammable liquid, tubing, and a plastic dish with a white crystalline residue inside, Thomas said. He said those components can be used to make meth.

Thomas also alleged that there was an empty pseudoephedrine box under the passenger seat and pseudoephedrine tablets in Brown’s pants.
A check of a database that tracks the sale of meth precursors showed that the woman in the other vehicle had just purchased the same brand, count, and type of pseudoephedrine at Walgreen’s at about the same time that he observed the vehicles at the store, Thomas said.

Brown and Carroll remained jailed Thursday morning. They have been charged with initiating the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Brown also allegedly had a set of brass knuckles in his pants pocket, and he was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.

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  • Myra Mansfield

    Good work Officer Thomas. Thanks for diligently serving our city.

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