Meth lab busted at Verona

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Manchester man was arrested Thursday afternoon at a house near what's known as the Verona store where he was found to have a portable methamphetamine lab and ingredients.

Booked into the Marshall County Jail at 4:50 p.m. was Steven Craig, 33, of 2903 Hillsboro Boulevard, Manchester, jail records show. He's charged with "initiation of process" and is being held for the Coffee County Sheriff's Department. His bond was set at $13,000.

"The Secret Service got information in Tullahoma," Marshall County Sheriff's Detective Capt. Norman Dalton said. "They caught two passing counterfeit bills.

"He (Craig) ran and the others told on him," Dalton said. "He had a portable meth lab.

"The house he was caught in is directly behind the old Verona store," the detective captain said. "He wasn't cooking it there. He just had the portable equipment."

Assisting the Secret Service and the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force were Sheriff's Detectives Bart Fagan, Bob Johnson and Keith Jolley.

Secret Service officers obtained a "consent to search" and found a bag reported to be Craig's, Dalton said. Traces of $100 bills found in Tullahoma were also found. They're believed to be counterfeit.