Traffic stop leads to meth charges

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By Jennifer Caldwell

An early morning traffic stop led to drug charges for a LaFollette man last Saturday.

LaFollette Police Officer Bill Owens stopped Jamey McCarty at the intersection of South Cumberland Avenue and East Fir Street for having the wrong tags on his vehicle.

During the stop McCarty, 32, of 687 Coolidge Road, gave Owens consent to search his vehicle.

While looking through the car Owens reported finding numerous Sudafed tablets outside their original packaging and hidden inside the vehicle.  In addition, a number of lithium batteries were also discovered along with a gallon of bilayer liquid.

Because these items are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine Owens notified the Meth Task Force officers as well as Haz-Mat officials.

McCarty was arrested and charged with violation of the registration law, promotion of meth manufacture and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He is scheduled to appear in court on April 9.