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Another meth lab found at Travel Inn

Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Mar 12, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Several local law enforcement agencies worked the scene of yet another meth lab Tuesday afternoon at a local motel.

The newest lab was found at the Travel Inn at 914 Murfreesboro Road in Lebanon.

Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said around 11:50 a.m., officers responded to the Travel Inn following complaints of an odor coming from room 108.

Bowen said officers approached the room and gained consent to go inside by a man found in the room. He said officers could then see and smell evidence of a meth lab once they entered. Everyone was then evacuated from the room, and Lebanon police meth technicians were called to the scene to process it and collect evidence.

Wilson Emergency Management Agency and Lebanon Public Safety officials also helped with the decontamination.

Jarrod Griffith, 34, of Gallatin, and Candas Boatwright, 32, of LaVergne, were each charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and manufacturing methamphetamine.

According to Bowen, this is the third methamphetamine-related charge Boatwright has received in Lebanon in the last six months. Griffith had an outstanding warrant in Wilson County for failure to appear on an unrelated charge.

The room Griffith and Boatwright were staying in was registered to Nick Roath, 41, of Lebanon, who was also staying at the hotel in room 202 also registered under his name, Bowen said.

Bowen said officers went and talked to Roath in his room and found him to be in possession of what was believed to be methamphetamine. He said Roath was charged with possession of schedule II drugs.

Since the beginning of the year, this is the fifth meth lab found by Lebanon police and the eighth lab total found in Wilson County. According to the Meth Task Force, only 18 meth labs were found in Lebanon and Wilson County in all of 2013.

In October, a meth lab exploded at the Travel Inn. The blast blew out the door and exterior wall of the room. Two Carthage men were indicted in the case.

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