Police: 2 Charged In Meth-Related Explosion, Fire Tried To Dispose Of Evidence
Metropolitan Nashville Police charged convicted felon 22-year-old Michael Drury and his 27-year-old girlfriend Kelly Wakefield with manufacturing methamphetamine and aggravated arson following the Saturday afternoon fire at the Alta Loma Apartments on Crestview Drive.
An affidavit said Wakefield was seen running out of the burning apartment and dumping evidence into a dumpster before going back inside the apartment.
Inside the dumpster, Fire Marshal investigators recovered a burned out plastic bottle with aluminum foil and acid inside. The bottle is believed to be an HCL gas generator, which is used in the final step of creating meth. They also found an empty lithium battery shell next to the bottle. Investigators said lithium metal is used to manufacture meth in the "one pot" method.
The Fire Marshal also found several empty pseudoephedrine blister packages that were burned, along with empty prescription bottles, a crack pipe, and empty suboxone strip packages.
Wakefield told investigators she took the items out of the apartment once she realized it was on fire because she did not want anyone to know Drury was living inside the apartment with her, according to the affidavit.
Police said the pair admitted to making and using meth inside apartment A-14. Around 3 p.m. Saturday, the process resulted in the explosion and eight apartments were destroyed. The Fire Marshal said there were no fire stops in the building, so the rest of the 20 units in the building were contaminated by smoke from the fire.
Approximately 75 residents were displaced, including one woman who lived next door to the couple. She said she was not home when the fire broke out, but she returned to find everything she owned had been destroyed.
"It's actually hard to say. I've never been in this situation before so it's really hard to say. But it's just that we lost everything,” said LaSonya Flood.
The American Red Cross set up an emergency shelter to assist those displaced by the fire. It's located at Madison Church of Christ at 106 North Gallatin Road in Madison.Wakefield and Drury remain jailed at the Metropolitan Jail on $300,000 bond each. Police said Drury has previous convictions for robbery and burglary. Wakefield has previous theft convictions.