A Fulton County man told authorities he had decided to stop manufacturing methamphetamine and was trying to dispose of his meth lab components when he was arrested Nov. 12, according to Brian Sanderson, investigator with the 16th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force.
Ruston Monroe Phillips, 23, was charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a class B felony, but refused to sign a form acknowledging his Miranda rights, which Cherokee Village Police officer Bobby Woods read to him at the time of his arrest, according to Sanderson.
Woods had discovered the meth lab components in a camouflaged bag near the intersection of Wood Hollow Road and Saddle Club Road the day after Phillips and a female companion were charged with misdemeanor game violations near the site where the paraphernalia was found. Cherokee Village officer Wendell Lane had observed suspicious behavior and, thinking the pair might be spotlight hunting, confronted them with Woods. Phillips admitted to shooting a raccoon and the two were charged, Sanderson wrote in the probable cause affidavit.
Officers returned to the scene the next morning to look for wounded or dead wildlife and found instead the bag containing items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to Sanderson.
The items included jars containing white residue, wooden spoons, a plastic funnel, airline tubing, ROOTO sewer line cleaner, ammonia nitrate, salt, coffee filters and a 17-gallon compressed gas cylinder.
Authorities brought Phillips back to the scene, where the suspect first told them he didn't know anything about the items, then said he had found the items and was trying to dispose of them, and finally said he had manufactured meth in the past but had quit and was trying to get rid of the components when he was arrested, Sanderson said.