COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Despite the no dumping sign, there's no telling what you'll find in the brush along Sharon Avenue. While cleaning up the debris, jail inmates found a "shake and bake" also known as a "one pot" meth labs.
"They're usually in the ditch kind of, right off the side of the road," Cpl. Steve Elrod with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said. "Most of the time they'll be… tied up in grocery bags and toss them out there."
"There were empty bottles of pseudoephedrine medication," Cookeville Police Lt. Carl Sells said. "There were empty ether bottles, empty matchbooks, things of that nature."
In all, fourteen meth labs were recovered and that was just on Wednesday.
"Yes it does concern me and it makes me believe that meth is on the rise again," Putnam County Chief Deputy Jacky Farley said.
All were found in close proximity to a residential neighborhood.
"We've had 28 within a one and a half, two mile radius in two or three days," Elrod said.
That's why authorities want to find out who's carelessly dumping these meth labs on the side of the road, before anyone get hurts.