Derek M. Allen, is accused of tampering with physical evidence for allegedly trying to flush two baggies of ephedrine down the toilet and later swallowing them.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Smallwood said he was investigating a dispute between neighbors at Rose Ann Apartments when he encountered Allen.

“I went into one of the apartments and, in addition to the resident, there were two men inside,” Smallwood said. “As I came in, they took off to the back rooms.”

Smallwood said he found Allen, 28, of London, in the bathroom where he was attempting to flush the baggies down the toilet. Smallwood was able to retrieve the baggies and placed them on the table. Smallwood said Allen then grabbed the baggies off the table and swallowed them.

Allen was taken Saint Joseph-London as a precaution.

“My concern was that he had swallowed meth,” Smallwood said.

In speaking with Allen, Smallwood said he learned the baggies contained ephedrine, which he described as pseudophedrine that had been filtered in preparation to make methamphetamine, along with the filters.

In addition, Smallwood said he found a set of digital scales in Allen’s pocket and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia.

After he was released from Saint Joseph, Allen was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center where he is being held on a $5,000 bond.

He is scheduled to be arraigned June 29 in Laurel District Court.

The investigation is continuing.

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