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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Investigators Confiscate Human Skull During Drug Bust

   Local law enforcement officials conducting a drug bust at a Lawrenceburg home last week were shocked to find that the suspect had a human skull displayed on his night stand.

   A press release issued through the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday shows that drug agents were conducting the narcotics operation at the 2845 Waynesboro Highway home of James Brazier. A tip, indicating that Brazier was concealing illegal drugs inside his fireplace lead detectives to conduct the investigation.

   When they confronted Brazier about the illegal drugs, officials report he admitted having some marijuana on the premises. They report that he went to the fireplace and removed a metal box from inside the chimney. The box, they report, contained approximately twenty-three grams of marijuana. Also located inside the fireplace was a set of digital scales.

   After obtaining permission to conduct a search of the premises, agents report they entered Brazier’s bedroom where they found the human skull on a table next to the bed. They questioned Brazier about the skull. He allegedly told them he had found the skull approximately two years before.

   Under the pillow on Brazier’s bed, agents report finding approximately 3.5 grams of methamphetamine along with a meth pipe. Agents discovered a total of seven surveillance cameras situated both inside and outside the home. They point out that, “Surveillance cameras are common for meth users due to the paranoia they experience.”

   The contraband and human skull were packaged and dispatched for analysis to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab.

   Authorities indicate that Brazier was not placed under arrest at that time, but that evidence against him will be presented to a Lawrence County Grand Jury. Detectives will ask that panel to return indictments against Brazier for the crimes of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of resale, possession of marijuana for the purpose of resale, and possession of drug paraphernalia.