LORETTO, Tenn. – Flushing narcotics down the toilet could lead to meth-gators and other troublesome critters, so let’s not go there.
That was the message sent out to residents of a town in Tennessee after police arrested a suspect who allegedly tried to flush his stash of methamphetamine down the toilet during a raid.
On July 13, officers from the Loretto Police Department served a search warrant on a home on First Avenue. When they got inside, they saw their key suspect, Andy Perry, attempting to flush his stash of narcotics down the toilet, as well as several paraphernalia items.
Although they were able to stop Perry from disposing of his meth, they wanted to take a moment to address the environmental concerns behind sending drugs down the porcelain express.
Perry was arrested when the search warrant turned up 12 grams of meth, 24 fluid ounces of liquid meth, and several paraphernalia items inside the Tennessee home.
The Loretto Police Department took to Facebook to post the funny, yet honest commentary.
“Folks … please don’t flush your drugs m’kay … our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth,” the post read. “Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do.”
The post continued, joking that anyone looking to turn in unwanted substances could call the department and they would make sure to take care of it.
“Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama,” police wrote. “They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help. So, if you need to dispose of your drugs just give us a call and we will make sure they are disposed of in the proper way.”
So would the prehistoric reptile actually be affected by ingesting the drug?
Kent Vilet, an alligator biologist at the University of Florida says this one threw him for a loop.
“I’ve worked with alligators for 40 years, and I generally can answer any question someone gives me about them,” Vilet said. “I would guess they might be affected by it, but they tend to not react to drugs in the same way we do, and I don’t know if it would take a little or a lot to get an alligator to do something on meth.”