Other precursors allegedly were located in their vehicle, including tanks of Coleman fuel and lithium batteries, along with a small stash of the finished product.
KPD Vice Det. Nathan Elliott said an employee of a city pharmacy alerted police to the suspicious purchases on Monday night. Multiple individuals allegedly were going from pharmacy to pharmacy, with each person purchasing a package of allergy medication containing pseudoephedrine.
“We always appreciate pharmacy and store personnel for going beyond their tasks and alerting us,” Elliott said.
Police said they were provided a description of the suspects’ van, which they soon located at Walgreens, 4500 West Stone Drive. Elliott said police observed two of the suspects purchasing additional boxes of pseudoephedrine before approaching their vehicle.
While speaking with police, the driver, Cody Jeffers, 23, of 329 Ensor Road, Church Hill, allegedly attempted to stuff a small package between his seat and console. The package later was discovered to contain a small amount of meth, police said. Jeffers was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence and possession of methamphetamine.
Another occupant of the van, Brandon Brown, 28, of 921 Elizabeth St., Kingsport, was allegedly found in possession of “multiple packs” of pseudoephedrine. Police said he also had other materials needed for meth production, prompting a charge of initiating the process to manufacture methamphetamine.
KPD detectives were continuing to investigate the incident with additional charges pending.