An Auburn man is facing numerous charges after a dispute with his former roommate led to the discovery of a methamphetamine manufacturing operation.
Police were dispatched to a Carter Road residence after a woman said that her roommate, Christopher Shawn Butler, 44, of 316 Carter Road in Auburn, stole a television, DVD player and a charger. The woman also showed the responding officer the contents of a black trash bag which she said she found in Butler’s closet.
Inside the bag were numerous items including Drano, lighter fluid, coffee filters, cooking pots, a box cutter, two-way valves and a clear plastic bottle containing what appeared to be methamphetamine.
A drug investigator was called to the scene and determined the items were most likely being used to manufacture methamphetamine.
The owner of the home gave police consent to search the residence, but no further evidence was located.
While police were at the residence, the homeowner called Butler on her cell phone and put the call on speakerphone so that the officers could listen.
The homeowner asked Butler about the items in the trash bag and Butler replied “That’s what I use to make the stuff with.” Butler said he would return later to pick up the bag and also asked the homeowner to retrieve a small black bag in which he kept his scales.
Butler was arrested the following day after the homeowner advised police that Butler was on his way to retrieve his belongings.
After arresting Butler, police located a small baggie containing cocaine in his possession. He was subsequently charged with probation violation, possession of cocaine and manufacturing methamphetamine.
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