Word to the wise: don’t flush your meth down the toilet, according to AL.com.

That was the warning from Tennessee’s Loretta Police Department after investigators said they caught a man “attempting to flush methamphetamine along with several items of paraphernalia” on Saturday, July 13.

The department advised against the disposal of drugs, including pills, via sewage because “when you send something down the sewer pipe it ends up in our retention ponds for processing before it is sent downstream.”

Police said, “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.”

But in addition to birds, officials said if the water headed far enough downstream… “it would create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama.”

“They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help,” during a statement on Facebook about the incident, police said they’d just call them “if you need to dispose of your drugs,” because they will make sure that “they are disposed of in the proper way.”

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