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Police find meth lab in car

Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Lebanon police found a rolling meth lab Saturday inside a vehicle.

While on routine patrol around 7:30 p.m., officers said they noticed a red Ford Crown Victoria traveling northbound on S. College Street near Short Street with a registration violation and an equipment violation.

Officers stopped the car at 119 S. College St. and found Janine Clemmons, 32, of Lebanon, was driving. She told police she did not have a valid driver’s license. The passenger identified himself to police as Jacob Seagraves.

According to officers, while talking to Clemmons, they noticed she seemed uneasy and nervous about the traffic stop. Officers asked to search her car, but she denied.

K-9 units and officers then responded to the scene. The patrol drug K-9 initiated an outer search of the car and hit on a drug alert, officers said.

Both Clemmons and Seagraves were asked to step out of the car, and Clemmons was arrested for driving on a revoked license. 

During a search of the car, officers said they found a syringe in the driver-side door and two syringes on the passenger’s seat in plain view. They also said they found a white, round pill, later identified as 10 milligrams of oxymorphone, on the driver’s seat.

In the back, officers said they found a brown and black backpack behind the driver’s seat. Seagraves claimed the backpack wasn’t his, and he didn’t know to whom it belonged.

In the backpack, officers found a brown-handled steak knife with white residue on it, an 8-ounce glass with off-white residue it in, two latex gloves and contents for a possible meth lab, including a 2-liter Coke bottle containing blue drain cleaning crystals, a 1-gallon jug of “Smart” muriatic acid that was 3/4 full, a full bottle of Draino Crystals, a 32-ounce bottle of Coleman fuel that was 3/4 full and a clear plastic bottle with a yellow liquid in the bottom believed to be run off of hydrochloric acid. Officers said a rubber hose was coming out of the top of the clear bottle.

Upon finding the contents of the backpack, officers immediately stopped the search of the rest of the car and the backpack.

Seagraves and Clemmons both told officers they didn’t know what was in the backpack or to whom it belonged.

Lebanon police Meth Technician Chris Luna was then called to the scene to make sure the contents of the backpack were secured and safe so the investigation could continue.

Luna also found a red Igloo cooler in the trunk, and inside the cooler were blue rubber gloves, aluminum foil, a black digital scale, a metal spoon with burn marks and burnt residue and four white coffee filters with an off-white residue that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Officers also found four pieces of wrapped aluminum foil; three containing an off-white residue and one containing an off-white/green-colored substance that field-tested positive for meth upon further search of the backpack.

Wilson County Emergency Management Agency paramedics were also called to the scene. Both suspects were decontaminated and then taken to Wilson County Jail.

It was later found Seagraves gave false information to officers at the scene and the name he gave, Jacob Seagraves, was his little brother.

Joshua Lawrence Seagraves, 23, of Lebanon, was then charged with criminal impersonation, initiating the process with the intended result of methamphetamine manufacture, possession and manufacture with intent for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Clemmons was charged with motor vehicle habitual offender, initiating the process with the intended result of methamphetamine manufacture, possession and manufacture with intent for resale, driving on a revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple drug possession.

Clemmons and Seagraves both have a court date Aug. 6. Clemmons was held on $26,000 bond, and Seagraves was held on $22,500 bond.

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