Meth-Related Explosion on Clovernook Drive Leads to Criminal Charges & Hospitalization
May 27, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
This morning’s meth-related flash explosion and fire inside a home at 245 Clovernook Drive sent two persons to the hospital with burns and two others to the Metro Jail.
Roger Dale Ferrell, 41, and his wife, Mary Vera, 42, were burned when the meth cooking process using red phosphorous and a hotplate resulted in the 3:35 a.m. flash explosion inside a bedroom of the home. Ferrell is expected to be discharged from Vanderbilt University Medical Center later today and will be arrested on a charge of manufacturing meth. Vera has been admitted to the hospital in critical condition. A meth arrest warrant against her has also been issued.
Vera’s two sons, Christopher Chet McCormick, 21, and David Henry Horwedel, 24, were inside the house at the time but were not in the immediate vicinity of the explosion. They were decontaminated at the scene due to the inherent danger of the chemicals involved and were charged with manufacturing meth. They remain jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond each.
Specially trained narcotics detectives and personnel from the Nashville Fire Department spent several hours at the home in protective suits collecting evidence and ensuring that there was no danger to the surrounding neighborhood. The house itself will be quarantined until the owner hires an environmental company for decontamination purposes.
This afternoon’s search of a safe inside the residence revealed a dozen pistols and long guns, all of which are being seized.
Christopher Chet McCormick, 21
David Henry Horwedel, 24
Mary K. Vera
Roger D. Ferrell II