HARRODSBURG - Rodney S. Durham, 28, 445 E. Factory St., was arrested Saturday night after police stopped him for speeding and saw what might have been a methamphetamine laboratory on wheels.
Officer Jason Elder arrested Durham on an outstanding arrest warrant from Jessamine County. When police searched him and his vehicle, they found what appeared to be a methamphetamine lab in the car.
Because of the items Durham had on him and the contents of the vehicle he was driving, the area was secured and special technicians were called to dismantle the lab. They found it was not an operating methamphetamine lab, but the suspect had some of the ingredients for one.
A Harrodsburg Police Department press release says Durham had several hundred ephedrine tablets and lithium batteries. Ephedrine is the base ingredient needed to make methamphetamine. The Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of products containing ephedrine because of the risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a FDA press release posted on the Internet.