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Four charged in Lebanon meth lab case

Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to 613 Hartsville Pike Wednesday afternoon after officers discovered a meth lab inside the home.

According to Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen, officers went to the home after receiving an anonymous tip the residents had a meth lab inside. He said officers found two active one-pot meth labs.

“[Meth] cooks using the ‘one-pot’ method combine all the ingredients into one container, often an empty soda bottle,” Bowen said.

Bowen said officers also found what was believed to be marijuana inside the home.

Along with Lebanon officers and meth technicians, Lebanon firefighters, Lebanon Public Safety officials and Wilson County Emergency Management Agency were all on the scene. Animal Control officers were also called to help with animals found inside the home.

Public safety officials worked to decontaminate those who were inside the home, both the occupants and the officers.

Bowen said Lebanon police trained meth technician Chris Luna also responded to the scene to safely dispose of any trash and gather evidence. 

“The one-pot method is extremely dangerous,” Bowen said. “If the bottle is shaken the wrong way, if any oxygen gets inside of it, or if the cap is loosened too quickly, the bottle can explode.”

Bowen said four people were found inside the home. 

Daniel Eldridge, 36, of Lebanon, Michelle Kerr, 37, of Lebanon, Mark Johnson, 33, of Lebanon, and Zachary Barlow, 20, of Lebanon, were each charged with initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, manufacture of schedule II drugs, possession of schedule II drugs with intent to distribute and simple possession of schedule VI drugs.

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