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Suspect search in East Ridge meth bust

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Story by Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter

EAST RIDGE, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB) -- All is quiet Monday in Russell Brackett's neighborhood as he sits outside with his 2 year old son.

That wasn't the case Saturday when police blocked off a corner of Connell Street in East Ridge due to a meth lab seizure.

Once Brackett found out what happened, he immediately grew concerned.

Brackett said, "Oh yeah it really does concern me a lot. I don't want him around this kind of stuff."

Police say around 11 o'clock at night, neighbors saw a woman outside throwing around a pile of clothes and acting belligerent. When police arrived, the woman fled.

East Ridge Police public information officer Erik Hopkins said, "We found a female's purse with drugs in it and some other items about the yard."

Police also found the woman's identification card in that purse.

Those other items in the yard, were products use to make methamphetamine.

Tommy Farmer with the Tennessee Meth Task Force says many people would not have known that's what was really happening at the home.

"It is not going to be out of the norm if trash is building up or if there is total disarray," Farmer said.

He said this latest meth bust just adds to the growing problem across the state.

Tennessee is number two in the united stated for meth seizures.

As of May 2010, Hamilton County has had 40 meth busts and McMinn County is the highest in the state with 66.

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