UPDATE: Meth labs found in motel
Jared Felkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Lebanon police confiscated three methamphetamine labs, meth in a not-yet finished form and several ingredients used to make meth during a bust at a motel Monday morning.
Police discovered the labs in a room during a search just before 8 a.m. at a small motel behind the former Ellie Mae’s Bar at 941 Carthage Highway. An unidentified resident at the motel said rooms there are rented by the week.
Cpl. Ray Harris said he received a call at about 6 a.m. from Fairview police narcotics officers who said they bought meth from a suspect who told them it came from the motel in Lebanon.
When Harris and other officers arrived and knocked on the door, Kevin Michael Stuart, 36, of Fairview, answered and immediately told officers he had active warrants from Dickson and Davidson counties.
Police also found Bruce Channing Huffines, 33, listed as homeless, in the room. Police found Huffines had an active warrant from Wilson County.
Inside the room, Harris said officers found a cigarette box containing meth and two unidentified green pills. Spoons containing residue, rolling papers, baggies, a syringe and a liter bottle used to make meth were also found, Harris said.
Harris said officers found two more bottles used to make meth behind the room, apparently thrown out a bathroom window when police arrived.
According to Lebanon police meth technician Chris Luna, the labs were of the one-pot cook variety with plastic soda bottles used to combine the ingredients. He said one of the labs thrown outside behind the room was active.
Luna said two gas generators and two bags of wet meth were also found both inside the room and behind it outside.
Stuart was charged with two counts of meth possession and manufacture with the intent for resale, initiating process with the intended result to manufacture meth, simple possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $54,000 with a May 1 court date.
Huffines was charged with probation violation, two counts of meth possession and manufacture with intent for resale, initiating process with the intended result to manufacture meth, simple possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $89,000 also with a May 1 court date.
Luna remained on the scene with state Meth Task Force agents Monday morning to properly dispose of the labs and ingredients used in the meth-making process.