Yes, you are reading that correctly. In Loretto, Tennessee, thanks to the local residents flushing their excess stashes down the toilet, one community is trying to prevent what they are calling “meth gators.” As in methamphetamine is ending up in the rivers, creeks and ponds where the gators reside, downstream from where the local utility gets the water for their treatment program.
In the Facebook post, the Loretto Police Department wrote that on Saturday, officers executed a search warrant on a home and discovered the occupant trying to flush meth and drug paraphernalia down his toilet.
Although the suspect was unsuccessful, the officers used the incident to remind residents of the harm drugs can cause to the environment.
“Folks … please don’t flush your drugs m’kay … 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 post read. “Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do.”
Humans can do enough damage hyped on meth, that stuff might just kill the wildlife. But seriously, alligators?
The post warns that meth could make its way into Shoal Creek, down the Tennessee River in North Alabama and into the bodies of alligators.
“Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama,” police wrote. “They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help. So, if you need to dispose of your drugs just give us a call and we will make sure they are disposed of in the proper way.”
Ah, the problem would be downstream, but still, alligators are hard to handle as it is, let alone if they were medicated that way.
As for disposal…sure, give law enforcement a call. The non-drug using public would sleep better at night if you do.