A Shelby man remains in jail Tuesday after he told deputies he was being attacked by deadly snakes.
But police say they believe the man was hallucinating from heavy methamphetamine use. He was arrested after authorities say they found materials that could be used to make the drug.
Myron Ritchie Tesseneer, 56, faces three drug charges, including manufacturing methamphetamine. He was being held without bond Tuesday in the Cleveland County Detention Center.
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office said they were called to Tesseneer’s residence on West Dixon Boulevard in Shelby on Monday evening. When they arrived, authorities say the man said he was being attacked by snakes, and asked a deputy to search his home and remove any snakes they found, according to a news release. The deputy did not find any snakes, but discovered chemicals that could be used to make meth, authorities said.
The sheriff’s office said Tesseneer admitted the materials were to make meth, and said he’d be smoking the drug earlier in the day. Meth was not being produced at the time the lab was discovered, police said. WCNC-TV contributed