Loretto, TN – A Tennessee police department has asked residents to refrain from flushing drugs into the city’s sewer system to help combat the risk of creating “meth-gators.”
The Loretto Police Department (LPD) explained that they were serving a search warrant at a residence on Saturday, and that they busted a suspect trying to flush methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia down his toilet, according to the department’s Facebook post.
“He was unsuccessful,” the agency noted.
Investigators seized both crysal and liquid methamphetamine at the scene, and arrested the suspect on multiple drug charges.
The department then cautioned citizens about potential risks associated with flushing drugs into the sewer system – especially considering the negative effects they pose to wildlife.
“Folks…please don’t flush your drugs m’kay,” the LPD wrote. “When you send something down the sewer pipe it ends up in our retention ponds for processing before it is sent down stream.”
“Now our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth,” the agency explained. “Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do.”
The department said it also doesn’t want to have to contend with “meth-gators.”
“If it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama,” the LPD cautioned. “They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help.”
The department urged residents to contact the department if they have drugs that need to be disposed of, and pointed out that there is also a disposal container at city hall for prescription medications.
The post quickly sparked an interest in the potential growing threat of meth-gators, prompting the Loretto Branch Library to remind citizens that “meth gators are not allowed in the library, unless they are registered service meth gators.”
“Documentation may be required,” library officials noted.
But LPD didn’t seem impressed about the prospect of inviting meth-gators into the community, even as registered service animals.
“Ummm…we do not allow meth gators in the city limits,” the department responded.
Other Facebook users expressed concern that chihuahuas have already been exposed to methamphetamine.
“I mean they're all super skinny and got those bulging bug eyes, and they're aggressive af. And most are missing a few teeth,” one person pointed out.
Another commenter said he was concerned about the potential risk of “crack-odiles.”
Although an overwhelming majority of the feedback the department received over the post was positive, some commenters scolded the agency for using humor while addressing a serious issue.
“We use humor in our posts to not only get our point across but also make sure people remember it,” the LPD explained. “Dryly stating ‘don’t flush your drugs’ or ‘don’t speed’ is hardly memorable. However, if we associate something humorous with it then it becomes more meaningful.”
“Another benefit of humor is it reminds people that we, law enforcement, are humans as well. Not robots, but rather men and women who have families full of people who care about us,” the department added.