'Meth gators?' Tennessee police warn against flushing drugs down toilet

LORETTO, Tenn. -- Police in Tennessee are cautioning against flushing drugs down the toilet out of concern for the animals.

Loretto police in a Facebook post said officers indicated they found a man trying to flush meth and several items of paraphernalia.

Police arrested him.

“On a more or less serious note: Folks…please don’t flush your drugs, m’kay?” police wrote.

They said flushed drugs end up in retention ponds for processing before going downstream.

"Now, 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. Ducks, geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds, and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do," the Facebook post said.

Police said "meth-gators" could be created in Tennessee and Alabama if the meth made it far enough downriver.

"They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help," the Facebook post said.

Police said they will properly dispose of drugs if called.