Monday, March 8, 2010

Meth Manufacturing Alleged In Walmart Parking Lot

Two Putnam County residents are facing methamphetamine manufacturing charges after an investigation by Cookeville police. Officer Josh Ward says it began when he was serving an outstanding warrant on 21-year-old Kari Diane Speck of Phifer Mountain Road. He had received information that she was in a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot and says he located that vehicle, in which Speck was a passenger and 30-year-old Derrick Helms of Baxter was the driver. He had both exit the vehicle, but says Helms refused consent to search it. That's when a police drug dog was called to the scene and, according to the report, the dog "indicated" on the vehicle, which gave authorities probable cause to conduct the search. They say they turned up several items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine in the rear cargo area, as well as two digital scales, several syringes and clear plastic baggies. A loaded .38 caliber revolver was also found in the truck. Both Helms and Speck were arrested on the drug charge, while Helms was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and with cruelty to animals -- apparently for the way he treated a female pit bull dog that was in the rear seat of the vehicle.