A local man was charged after the sheriff’s department allegedly found him with a meth lab last week.
Nicholas Alton Hollingsworth, 33 of Smithville was charged with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine on April 20. According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, a sheriff's department detective and a deputy visited property on Possum Hollow Road where methamphetamine was believed to be in the process of being manufactured.
The lawmen reportedly found components used to manufacture meth stashed under a log in the woods. After the discovery, they apparently witnessed Hollingsworth as he walked straight to the site and began the manufacturing process.
The officers allegedly approached Hollingsworth while he was holding a one-pot bottle used to manufacture the drug. Hollingsworth was placed under arrest, and a search of the area reportedly revealed acid, lighter fluid, drain cleaner, funnels, tubing with two bottle caps on the end, coffee filters, lithium strips, lithium batteries, empty cold packs, and other suspected components of the process.
His bond was set at $150,000, and he will appear in court on May 7.
Meanwhile, Luciano Pascual-Menchu Garcia of Murfreesboro was charged with a fourth offense of driving on a suspended license on April 26.
Ray said a deputy stopped a green Honda for crossing over the double-yellow line on Highway 56 North, and the driver, Garcia, could not produce a driver’s license. A computer check reportedly revealed that Garcia's license was suspended in December 2004 for failure to show proof of insurance in Rutherford County, and that he had prior offenses in September 2009 in Rutherford County, September 2013 in Wilson County, and February 2015 in Smith County. Garcia was placed under arrest.
His bond was set at $3,000, and he will appear in court on June 4.