Murfreesboro police are dealing with a danger they said is now popping up in neighborhoods across the city.
It's all to make an illegal drug, but the consequences are being felt by a lot more people.
A home at 806 Ewing St. in Murfreesboro is divided into several apartments, and one of them has now been quarantined after cops caught a couple red-handed Tuesday cooking methamphetamine.
Police were back on the scene Wednesday answering questions from concerned residents.
"We've seen a disturbing trend that we would like to see curbed," said Sgt. Kyle Evans, Murfreesboro police spokesman.
Police said there has been an upward spike in what is commonly referred to as a ‘shake and bake' or ‘one-pot' method of making meth. This is where folks typically use a soda bottle to mix the dangerous chemicals and a plastic tube to vent it.
"Despite laws that have been passed over the last several years to curb meth production," Evans said. "We have actually scene a slight increase."
Kenneth Anderson Jr. and his girlfriend Jacqueline Barrett were arrested yesterday at the Ewing Street home on drug charges. Anderson tried to make a run for it. Police chased him and took him into custody.
Folks in the neighborhood are quite concerned. They said this is not the first time police have busted other neighbors for cooking meth.
"It's just increasing," neighbor Jason Batts said. "I don't know, it's kind of scary because you don't know who your neighbors are."
On New Year's Day 2010, police responded to a man passed out at a gas pump. He was apparently cooking meth in the backseat of his car, a potentially explosive situation.
Back in October, a first-grade teacher at Mitchell Neilson Primary School discovered the components of a shake and bake meth operation on a playground.
Police were also tipped off about a meth lab inside a Campus Crossings Apartment next to MTSU in early December. Two people were arrested thanks to an anonymous tip.
"Without that information, our job is very difficult because meth labs can be very mobile and concealed," Evans said.
Cops want to get a handle on the situation before someone is hurt or even killed.
Police said you can help by contacting them when you suspect someone may be manufacturing meth or other illegal drugs. Evans says it's the right thing to do, and you can also put a little cash in your pocket by calling Crimestoppers at 893-STOP (7867).
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