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More meth labs found

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:56 PM

Lebanon police found two more meth labs over the past four days, which marks four total since the new year.

According to Lebanon police meth technician Chris Luna, the third lab of the year was found Tuesday at Timberline Campground on Murfreesboro Road in Lebanon.

Luna said officers responded to the campground after a woman reported her camper had been broken into while she was away.

Officers then reported several of what they believed to be one-pot meth lab bottles in plain view outside of the camper, along with other ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine. Luna said the labs were older and were not active.

Then Thursday night Luna said that around 10:30 p.m. officers attempted to stop a vehicle, but were evaded. Officers later located the vehicle behind a house on Burdock Street in Lebanon.

Luna said when officers attempted to do inventory on the vehicle they found what they believed to be a meth lab in a backpack inside the vehicle.

Luna said he, along with Officer Brian Blackburn, also a meth technician, were called and discovered the backpack to hold an active one-pot bottle meth lab, along with a gas generator and all ingredients used in the manufacturing of meth.

Luna said presumptive samples taken from the lab on the scene tested positive for meth and more samples would be sent to TBI crime labs. 

According to Luna, no one was found in the vehicle and officers had the vehicle towed. He said the case is still being investigated.

One thing Luna said he did know for sure was what a busy year he has been having so far with the influx of meth lab calls.

Luna said Thursday’s lab served at the fourth of the year so far and last year there were 18 total.

Just last week, police also found two different meth lab locations, one at the Knight’s Inn in Lebanon and one at a small motel behind the former Ellie Mae’s Bar at 941 Carthage Highway.

“I think they’ve always been here anyway, but now I just think people are more aware of what to look for,” Luna said.

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