Hamilton man charged in meth lab bust

By Monroe Journal

HAMILTON — The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office executed a raid Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, 2012, on a meth lab located 25 feet away from Hamilton School, according to a spokesperson from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Richard Wallace Smith, 36, Apt 7A, Hamilton Road, Hamilton, is currently being held at the Monroe County Detention Center pending charges from the discovery of the meth lab.

“We had been watching him for a few weeks and the general public had given us tips. He was making crystal methamphetamine, using it, urinating into bottles and drinking it to get high again,” said Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell.

In addition to the close proximity of Hamilton School, Smith’s apartment is right next door to Abundant Life Fellowship.

Several precursors including Drano, compressed ice and lighter fluid, were discovered in Smith’s apartment in addition to Mountain Dew bottles full of crystal meth in his refrigerator, the sheriff said.

Several dozen bottles of Smith’s urine were found in Dr. Pepper bottles throughout the apartment.