Charges filed for motel meth lab

Lebanon police found yet another methamphetamine lab Thursday night at a motel, which marks the fifth in the past six months and the second this week.
Feb 1, 2014

Lebanon police found yet another methamphetamine lab Thursday night at a motel, which marks the fifth in the past six months and the second this week.

Police converged on room 148 at the Knight’s Inn in Lebanon after receiving information from Smith County authorities about a possible meth lab in a room there. 

According to Lebanon police meth technician Chris Luna, a woman staying in the room consented search. He said officers found what appeared to be a one-pot meth lab and called Officer Brian Blackburn, also a meth technician, to the scene. 

Luna said Blackburn confirmed the items were consistent with that of a one-pot meth lab. 

When Luna arrived at the motel, he said a more detailed search of the room revealed more lab components and finished meth. 

Police charged Nathan Andrew Busard, 26, of Lebanon, with initiating a process with the intended result to manufacture meth, promotion of meth manufacture, reckless endangerment, possession of schedule II drugs, three counts of simple possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Busard was taken to Wilson County Jail where he remained Friday on $31,200 bond. 

Police also charged Stephanie Marie Mosley, 31, of Carthage, with promotion of meth manufacture, initiating a process with the intended result to manufacture meth, reckless endangerment, possession of schedule II drugs, four counts of simple possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Mosley was also taken to Wilson County Jail, where she remained Friday on $33,200 bond. A Feb. 18 court date was set for both suspects. 

Luna remained at the scene until state Meth Crime Unit agents arrived to properly dispose of the items. 

Luna said police also quarantined the room and placed a hold on the property. He said the hold would be removed once proof is shown a certified hygienist and contractor properly cleaned the room. 

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