4 busted for purchasing meth supplies in Nashville - WKRN News 2

4 busted for purchasing meth supplies in Nashville

Posted: Updated: March 31, 2014 09:26 PM
Kenneth Moore, 29 (left) and Amanda Olhausen, 30 (right) Kenneth Moore, 29 (left) and Amanda Olhausen, 30 (right)
Bennie Smith, 47 (left) and Brandy Smith, 40 (right) Bennie Smith, 47 (left) and Brandy Smith, 40 (right)

Metro police arrested four west Tennesseans who traveled to a Nashville drug store Friday for the alleged purpose of buying cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine to manufacture meth.

The suspects face felony drug counts after officers found an active "shake and bake" soda bottle lab in their pickup truck.

Kenneth Moore, 29, Amanda Olhausen, 30, Bennie Smith, 47, and Brandy Smith, 40, are all charged with manufacturing meth.

Officers and TBI agents were doing work near the Walgreens store at 5600 Charlotte Pike Friday evening when the four defendants arrived.

Agents and officers learned that the two women entered the store with Brandy Smith purchasing medicine containing pseudoephedrine.

Officers stopped the truck for a seatbelt violation shortly after leaving the Walgreens. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers detected a strong chemical smell coming from the truck.

Between the front seat and center console authorities located a soda bottle lab containing lithium strips.

Also found inside the vehicle was meth making ingredients, including drain opener, iodized salt, a lithium battery, aluminum foil, and boxes or pseudoephedrine medication.

Drug agents told News 2 it is likely the four traveled to Nashville to buy the components needed to make the illegal drug because they will not be recognized by pharmacy workers.

"Those guys are probably coming to Nashville because of the abundance of pharmacies. They are probably well known in their home towns as being meth cooks," the undercover agent explained.

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

All four remain jailed in lieu of $40,000 bonds.

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