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Police find rolling meth lab

Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Lebanon police found a rolling meth lab on South Cumberland Street on Saturday evening.

According to Chief Scott Bowen, officers pulled over James Hesson, 35, of Smithville, near Spring Street for improper lights and expired tags. After speaking with Hesson, though, they found he also didn’t have a valid driver’s license.

Neither of his Hesson’s passengers, Nicholas Hollingsworth, 31, and Amanda Ervin, 28, both of Smithville, could drive the car from the scene, so officers requested a tow truck.

While waiting for the tow truck, officers did a routine inventory of the 1995 Grand Am and found items commonly associated with manufacturing methamphetamine, Bowen said.

A methamphetamine technician responded to the scene and confirmed the items inside the vehicle were used to manufacture meth.

Hesson was charged with production of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, open container and driving on a revoked driver’s license; Hollingsworth and Ervin were each charged with production of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

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