Officers from the Loretto Police Department was about to serve a search warrant on their suspect, Andy Perry on Saturday. When they found him, he was allegedly attempting to flush meth and other drug paraphernalia down the toilet.
“He was unsuccessful,” police said, reporting that they seized 24 fluid ounces of liquid meth and other drug paraphernalia were seized.
This lead police in Tennessee to warn residents against flushing illegal drugs down the toilent, claiming that animals could ingest them and it would also pollute nearby streams and ponds.
“Now our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth,” police said. “Ducks, geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do.”
They added that if the drugs made it to Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River, it could just lead to “meth-gators” who could wreak havoc in the community.
“As far as I know, there’s no methed-up gators being sighted anywhere,” Loretta Police Chief Bobby Joe Killen told ABC News. “It’s just a joke to let people know they don’t need to be flushing their drugs of any kind down the sewer system. They need to dispose of it in a proper manner.”
Though there are no reports of wild animals on drugs in the area, the police department decided to put a warning for the community after seeing past reports of a squirrel fed with meth in Alabama, and other animals that became addicted to meth at an Australian prison.
“We take our job seriously, but we like to joke amongst ourselves at the department,” he added.
Residents could ask police’s help when disposing their drugs in a proper way. Police added that prescription pills could be disposed at the Loretto City Hall.
As for Perry, he is still being held at the Lawrence County Jail after being charged with possession of meth for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with evidence, police said.
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