ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton Police Department arrested one man on methamphetamine manufacturing charges and collected several hazardous ingredients from his van on Tuesday night. The ingredients were items commonly used in manufacturing the illegal drug.
The incident took place in the parking lot of the Food City supermarket on Broad Street, just a few blocks from the Carter County Jail, which had been closed down for several hours Friday night because of chemical fumes believed to have been caused by methamphetamine ingredients.
Adam D. Merryman, 29, 609 Regency Lane, was arrested on charges of initiation of the process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule III drugs, possession of schedule IV drugs and ephedrine possession.
Investigators said Merryman was traveling over the speed limit on Broad Street in a white Dodge van and failed to use a turn signal as it made a turn. Police stopped the van in the parking lot of Food City and after making contact, officers said Merryman said he had lost his driver’s license.
Officers noticed a white 5-gallon plastic bucket in the back of the van that was covered with a towel. Officers asked to search the van, but said Merryman told them there was nothing illegal in the vehicle and refused to grant consent to search.
The officers called Cpl. Shane Darling and his police dog to conduct an open air sniff around the van. The dog gave a positive alert to indicate drugs might be present.
The investigators said Merryman then admitted the van contained ingredients used to make meth. He said there was nothing cooking at the time and nothing had been mixed. At that point the officers stepped away from the van and roped off the area because of the presence of hazardous materials.
An officer wearing protective clothing removed several items found in the van, including Coleman lamp fuel, Red Devil lye, coffee filters, lithium batteries, cold packs containing ammonium nitrate, plastic bags, syringes, salt funnels and rubber tubing.
Also found in the vehicle were 1.8 grams of a white powder that tested positively for meth, digital scales, Xanax pills and Suboxone pills.