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4 Arrested for Buying Cold Medicine Allegedly Intended for Meth

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Four West Tennesseans who traveled to a Nashville drug store for the alleged purpose of buying cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine to make meth face felony drug counts after officers found an active shake and bake soda bottle lab in their pickup truck, according to a police press release sent out Monday.

Kenneth Lee Moore, 29, of Union City, Amanda Olhausen, 30, of Ridgely, Bennie R. Smith, 47, and Brandy Smith, 40, both of Dyersburg, are charged with manufacturing meth and remain jailed in lieu of $40,000 bond each.

Specialized Investigations Division detectives and TBI agents on Friday evening were doing work around the Walgreens store at 5600 Charlotte Pike when the four defendants arrived. Officers and agents learned that the two women entered the store, with Brandy Smith purchasing medication containing pseudoephedrine, the release said.

West Precinct Flex officers stopped the truck for a seatbelt violation at Midland Avenue & Charlotte Pike. Upon approach, officers detected a strong chemical smell coming from the truck. Between the front seat and center console was a soda bottle lab containing lithium strips. Also present were meth-making ingredients, including drain opener, iodized salt, a lithium battery, aluminum foil and boxes of pseudoephedrine medication.

Given the toxicity of meth, the four defendants went through a decontamination process before being taken to jail.


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