Police nab meth lab, apprehend suspect

February 17, 2004

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.


Harrodsburg fire and rescue personnel responded to the scene.

If there had been an operating methamphetamine lab in the car, there was a risk of an explosion.

Durham remains in the Boyle County Detention Center on Mercer County charges of speeding, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine precursors. His also charged with contempt of court from Jessamine County.

The bond for the Mercer County charges is 10 percent of $16,000. The bond on the Jessamine County charge is $500.

Detective Sgt. Garry Bradshaw is the investigation officer. He was assisted by Elder, Jay Eldridge, Scott Elder and Josh Devine.

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