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Lutts Home is Site of Meth Bust

Wayne County investigators believe a tiny home in the middle of nowhere was the epicenter of a major drug trafficking operation with ties to Mexico.

Wayne County, Tenn. epitomizes small town living. But investigators in the small town uncovered what they said appears to be the second largest meth bust in Tennessee history.

Sheriff investigators raided the home of Jerry Robbins over the weekend. He lives in the small town of Lutts.

"We've got almost 6 pounds of meth, 8 pounds of marijuana, little over $37,000 in cash," Wayne County Sheriff Ric Wilson said.

Investigators said all of it came from the house of Jerry Robbins. He had transformed his home into a drug trafficking distribution center, with ties to Mexico.

"It probably distributed for most of North Alabama, and southern Middle Tennessee, he was a major player," Wayne County Detective Shane Fisher said. "We knew we had a meth problem, but not this great of a problem where someone would be dealing pounds,"

The high grade meth has a street value of almost $300,000. During the bust investigators also arrested a man they believe is a dealer for Robbins. He had a car complete with a secret compartment.

"This is what was used to smuggle drugs and money in, this compartment," Fisher said.

Wayne County investigators believed Robbins was part of a major drug organization.

Investigators are concerned that the future may hold similar situations.

"Somebody will try and step in and take his place cause there is a large amount of money there, and that's what dope dealers do....So we will obviously start stepping up our intelligence sources and try and figure out who that person is going to be," Wilson said.

Jerry Robbins, 51, is behind bars in Wayne County. His bond is set at more than $1 million. Robbins faces numerous drug charges, for which he will be in court early Tuesday morning.

The bust in Wayne County was the second largest in Tennessee history.

The biggest meth bust happened recently in East Tennessee when police seized 15 pounds.

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