Monday, August 24, 2009

Traffic Stop Leads to Meth Arrests

A routine traffic stop has led to charges against three local residents for the promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing. Police say Rebecca D. Barnes of Monterey, Wendell Jay Conner of Cookeville and Michael W. Huffer of Monroe, Tennessee, were arrested after a traffic stop on West Spring Street. Officer Cary Matheney says he initiated the traffic stop because the driver, Ms. Barnes, was not wearing a seat belt. He says he later got permission to search the vehicle and found several ingredients consistent with the manufacture of meth, including hydrogen peroxide, a hot plate and a roll of electrical tape. The three will be in court on the charge September 14th.