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UPDATE: Authorities search Mt. Juliet barn

Laurie Everett mtjulietnews@tds.net • Dec 15, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Authorities charged a Mt. Juliet man Wednesday with initiating the process to manufacture methamphetamines and methamphetamine possession after investigators found meth-cooking substances and pots in his barn, according to Nashville Metro police. 

Carroll Johnson Cook Jr., 49, of 11 Cooks Road, was arrested Wednesday. Metro police started investigating Cook after an alleged meth sale in Davidson County to an operative working with police.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents assisted with the case when it was realized the Wilson County barn was the base of Cook's suspected meth operation.

Investigators executed a search warrant on Cook's property, where his barn fronts Lebanon Road. There, investigators found a small quantity of meth and smoking paraphernalia inside his home. Detectives and agents discovered 12 cooking pots, numerous empty packages of pseudoephedrine, muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide and other components associated with making meth in his barn, according to police. 

The Wilson County Sheriff's Office, Wilson Emergency Management Agency and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force assisted in the incident.

“[Meth] is a very volatile drug, so you have to take all these precautions,” said Sheriff Robert Bryan.

Bryan said several members of the Sheriff’s office’s Special Response Team assisted with the search.

Just before noon Wednesday Hazmat officials sprayed water near the barn and filled black plastic bags with items.WEMA firefighters were also on hand with several fire engines.

– Lebanon Democrat staff writer Sara McManamy-Johnson contributed to this report

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