NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (News Release) - The Nacogdoches County Constable Office seized an active meth lab Sunday morning from the Melrose South Subdivision located on County Road 408. Constable Jason Bridges stated that he received an anonymous tip late Saturday night of a chemical smell in the air that was coming from the subdivision. Deputy Constables arrived in the area and were able to pin point where the odor was coming from. As soon as the deputies smelled the odor, we knew we were dealing with a meth lab.
Surveillance was set up on the property where we had identified the odor coming from. Late into the night, officers found Tommy Ray Smith Sr. coming out of the woods. Deputies made contact with Smith and quickly found the meth lab that still had smoke coming out of it at the time Bridges stated. After receiving consent to search the property the Constable Office was able to find the rest of the meth lab hidden inside a R.V. trailer.
Items found on the property included anhydrous ammonia, drain cleaner, starter fluid, colmen fuel, pseudoephedrin, muratic acid, and acetone along with other common cooking components used in the production of methamphetamine.
Constable Bridges stated that this was the second methamphetamine Laboratory that has been recovered from this property by the Constable Office in the last few months. The Constable office conducted a search warrant on the same property back in March of this year. The Constable Office located another meth lab at that time and Tommy Ray Smith Jr. was arrested at the scene.
Due to the dangerous chemical, anhydrous ammonia which was found on scene the constable office called in DLS hazmat response unit to assist with the scene. Deputies along with hazmat personal had to use respirators and air monitors to safely process the scene.