Thursday, May 26, 2005

Deputies bust crystal meth lab

Staff Writer

Two Memphis men are in the Marshall County jail held on $100,000 bond following a May 19 drug bust near Cayce Road, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.

Larry J. Truelove, 24, of 1385 Quail Brook Drive # 1, Memphis, Tenn., and Eric O. Dormayer, 25, 2061 Cabanna Circle in Memphis, were arrested about 5 p.m. at a location east of Cayce Road and South of Highway 302 in Marshall County, he said.

Truelove is charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine, with the manufacture of crystal methamphetamine, and possession of numerous precursors including anhydrous ammonia.

Dormayer is charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine, numerous precursors and anhydrous ammonia, the sheriff said.

Both suspects are also being held on federal probation for drug-related charges of a similar nature, he said.

At the time of the arrests, four grams of finished crystal methamphetamine and a lab were seized.

Dickerson gives credit to concerned citizens for tips that broke the investigation.

“The arrests were made and the lab seized as a result of some citizens who were able to smell the strong, unusual odor in the area near the building,” Dickerson said. “Certainly, we thank the folks who alerted us to the suspicious activity. We also ask the public to report anytime they smell ether-type or anhydrous ammonia odors because most of the time it is a crystal meth lab in progress.”

The suspects have a preliminary hearing set for June 13 in justice court in Marshall County. Dickerson said the two suspects would be held for federal authorities, even if they make bond.

He added that crystal meth is in “a big growing cycle in the county, state and nationwide, claiming and ruining the lives of so many young people, it is unreal.”

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