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Man Arrested During Rare Meth Lab Bust in Nashville

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by Mark Bellinger

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Police and agents with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency raided a house and found a meth lab in the Whites Creek area.

It happened Friday at a home on Clarksville Pike near the Whites Creek area. Metro Police served a search warrant and found a small methamphetamine lab inside the home.

Federal agents arrested 25-year-old Jimmy Holodnak. He's the homeowner's son.

A spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Agency said Holodnak will be charged with possession and manufacturing of meth.

Neighbors watched police pull up on to the property.

"It's kind of alarming when you look across your yard and there are all these police cars," said Kevin Wilson. "I've got a child. A matter of fact today's his birthday and I don't, people have their choice of things to do, but I don't want it around my house. It's dangerous."

Meth lab seizures in Davidson County are rare. TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said it's only the fifth one this year. She said there are 50 or 60 cases in other Tennessee counties.

Metro Police say since the passage of special legislation in 2005 they're finding less meth.

"I think certainly the laws prohibiting the purchase of certain pharmaceuticals has helped a great deal in cutting down on meth labs in Davidson County," Metro Police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford said.

The raid in Whites Creek surprised neighbors. They watched as a hazardous materials clean-up team removed dangerous chemicals from the house.

They said Jimmy's father is a nice guy.

"Very nice guy. And we've always been a helping hand. Very nice. Good to me and my parents and son. This is kind of a shock to be honest," Wilson said.

Wilson feels bad for the father, who may have not known what his son was doing. He's also glad police were there to clean up a potentially dangerous situation.

"You know in the neighborhood we've got a lot of elderly people and especially my parents two doors down," Wilson said. "I don't need the drugs and stuff like that going around here and my house, especially in this neighborhood."

According to Tennessee's Methamphetamine Task Force, TBI meth lab seizures in the state are actually up a little over last year. Lab seizures are up 7.7 percent.

Holodnak is in federal custody. The minimum penalty at the federal level for manufacturing methamphetamine is 5 years in prison.

Email: mbellinger@newschannel5.com

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