Traffic stop leads to meth lab materials found

An early morning traffic stop Wednesday resulted in the discovery of materials used in methamphetamine manufacturing, according to Mt. Juliet police.
Dec 18, 2013
James Fintel
(Photo courtesy of Mt. Juliet police) A Mt. Juliet officer discovers chemicals used to manufacture meth in a suspect’s vehicle early Wednesday morning.
(Photo courtesy of Mt. Juliet police) The state Meth Task Force helps Mt. Juliet officers clear a scene Wednesday where chemicals used to make meth are found in a vehicle.

 

An early morning traffic stop Wednesday resulted in the discovery of materials used in methamphetamine manufacturing, according to Mt. Juliet police.

An officer conducted a traffic stop on Buick SUV on Clearview Drive at about 4:30 a.m. A vehicle search resulted in the officer finding chemicals and materials commonly associated with a meth lab, police said.

The driver, James Fintel, 27, of Mt. Juliet, was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine and aggravated child endangerment.

Investigators discovered additional methamphetamine materials inside his nearby home where a small child lived, according to police.  

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force Clandestine Lab Response Team was called in to dismantle and safely remove the chemicals.

Fintel was booked into the Wilson County Jail on $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court April 4.

“Methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous drug,” said Capt. Michael Mullins. “The patrol officer did his job well, looked beyond the initial traffic stop and discovered dangerous materials that could have placed others at risk.”

 

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