Man Caught Manufacturing Meth in Parking Lot of McDonalds

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – While in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant, a man’s suspicious activity motivated restaurant staff to alert police about possible drug activity. Responding officers located an active one-pot or ‘shake-and-bake’ methamphetamine lab and the man responsible for initiating the process to make meth.

On Sunday, March 6, 2016 around 12:20 a.m., restaurant management notified police that someone was possibly making meth by the dumpster at McDonalds, located at 11279 Lebanon Road. Responding officers searched the area and located a plastic bottle, containing materials used for a one-pot meth lab, in a trash cart near the McDonald’s dumpster. Officers also discovered, Patrick Decker, 41, of Mt. Juliet, nearby, and he was captured on video surveillance carrying the one-pot meth lab in the parking lot.

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Trash Cart Where Plastic Bottle Was Located

Since the manufacturing process of methamphetamine is very dangerous and creates hazardous waste, the department’s Clandestine Lab Technicians, along with Lebanon’s Emergency Services Unit, responded to the scene to safely dispose of the hazardous chemicals.

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Lab Technicians Work to Dispose Hazardous Chemicals

Decker was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Initiation of a Process Intended to Result in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.

Patrick Decker, 41, of Mt. Juliet

Patrick Decker, 41, of Mt. Juliet