Three people are awaiting arraignment on drug charges after a meth lab was found inside a backpack Friday, according to a Friday night news release from the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit.
The unit said Keith T. Jones, 18, of Mercer, Clyde Nichols, Jr., 23, of Jackson and Ida Crowley, 18, of Jackson are being held at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex and will be arraigned in Jackson City Court.
Nichols and Crowley are both facing charges of initiation of methamphetamine manufacture and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jones is facing charges of methamphetamine manufacture, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon and resisting arrest.
The unit said on Friday, Jackson police patrol officers were sent to a business located at 2089 Hollywood Drive in reference to suspicious acting people. Officers arrived and found Jones, Nichols and Crowley on the property. Jones fled the scene on foot when he saw the officers, but he was captured a short time later and returned to the scene.
As the officers investigated further, they discover a portable meth lab located inside a backpack that was in the trio’s possession. The three suspects were placed under arrest and taken to jail.
Investigators from the Metro Narcotics Unit were called to the scene to process the lab materials. The backpack was found to contain precursors, reagents and equipment used to make meth. There was also a completed cook that was still in liquid form. The lab components were taken apart and processed and a response truck from the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force was called to the scene to package and remove the hazardous wastes and lab equipment, the unit said.
The unit asked that anyone with additional information about this case or any other drug activity can call the Jackson Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit at 731-424-6485 or CrimeStoppers at 731-424-8477.