Database leads to couple's meth lab bust - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Database leads to couple's meth lab bust

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - A database that monitors excessive purchases of a decongestant medicine used to produce meth led investigators to Jeremy Permenter's home near Bartlett, where he and a woman named Summer Elrod were arrested on Friday. 

Each time pseudoephedrine is purchased, it's logged into a database. It's a felony to purchase more than 9 grams of the decongestant ingredient with the intent to manufacture meth. Investigators say Permenter purchased 20 times that amount.
While police investigated his home, Permenter's twelve-year-old daughter arrived home from school. Detectives say the the girl was exposed to toxic chemicals used in the meth lab.

"As you can imagine, she was a little shocked," said Chris Moffatt with MPD. "She's in good care now with her mother."

The house remains under quarantine while crews work to make it safe.

"It's just a pretty dangerous thing," said neighbor Julian Walker. "You know, anything could've happened. You've got people who stay right there, right next to them, with kids and everything."  

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