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Shoplifting investigation leads police to hotel meth lab

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Officers investigating a report of shoplifting in Clarksville discovered a methamphetamine lab in a local hotel Sunday.

According to officials with the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force, police were responding to a store in the 3000 block of Wilma Rudolph Boulevard where over $100 in merchandise was stolen.

Investigators said two men were observed by store security stealing the items.

The men were questioned by police, but one of them, Jonathan Scroggins, 23, refused to stop for officers and fled the scene, officials said.

Officers said they found Scroggins inside a hotel room in the 200 block of Holiday Drive, along with several pieces of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine residue inside the room.

Agents with the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force were called to the scene and retrieved the paraphernalia and a two liter bottle used to cook methamphetamine in what is referred to as the "one-pot process," said 19th JDDTF spokesman Jamie Dexter.

"Thanks to the steadfast work of Clarksville Police officers, we were able to prevent the creation of more methamphetamine in this community, and were also able to put a stop to the often dangerously explosive meth cooking methods inside this local hotel," said 19th JDDTF Director Jesse Reynolds. "Unfortunately, the clean-up of this lab will not only cost the owners of the business a substantial amount of money, but as with every meth lab we process, there's also a portion of the cost the taxpayer ends up paying as well."

Scroggins was charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. He was released on $10,000 bond.

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