Traffic stop leads to drug arrests in Rockwood
Two were arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine after Rockwood patrolman Brandon Smith stopped a car for running a traffic light on Gateway Avenue.
Erica Mae Jenkins, 33, 302 Old Hwy. 70, is charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture process, while driver Donald Ray Burton, 49, of Dayton, was charged with criminal impersonation, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on suspended or revoked and initiation of methamphetamine manufacture process.
Reports said police found a canvas bag with two backpacks inside, and Officer Charles Haubrich detected a “fairly strong chemical odor.”
After opening a backpack, officers determined it was a mobile meth lab.
Roane County Haz-Mat was called to decontaminate Jenkins and Burton, and the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force helped dispose of the material, which included sulphuric acid, HEET, ammonium nitrate and lithium batteries. This and “approximately 15 pounds of meth-related trash” were sent to an approved landfill.
Jenkins’ car was impounded and quarantined.
Also, police reportedly found a small metal cylindrical container with marijuana residue.