Tips lead to meth lab bust

Police find items typically associated with manufacturing methamphetamine after an anonymous caller reported possible drug activity in a car parked outside Advance Financial early Wednesday.
Apr 24, 2013
 Photo: Photo courtesy of Lebanon Police Department

Police find items typically associated with manufacturing methamphetamine after an anonymous caller reported possible drug activity in a car parked outside Advance Financial early Wednesday.

Anonymous tips led Lebanon police to a rolling meth lab Wednesday.

Police responded to Advance Financial at 211 W. High St., just after midnight Wednesday after two callers reported a car backed in with drug activity inside the vehicle, according to police.

Upon arrival, officers found Jonathan D. Thomas, 27, of Liberty; Sherry K. Malone, 34, of Smithville; and Latasha N. Cantrell, 22, of Smithville, inside a parked Chevrolet Malibu.

The driver, Thomas, refused to consent search of the car, so Wilson County sheriff’s deputies responded with a K-9 unit.

After the K-9 unit alerted officers to the possible detection of drugs, police searched the car, according to police.

“During the search of the trunk, a small black bag and a large black bag were found,” the police report said. “Inside the small bag, aluminum foil, cold packs, lighter fluid, a small Tupperware container of white granular substance and a two-liter bottle of an unknown substance were found.”

Thomas was charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, and his bond was set at $10,000; Cantrell was charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, and her bond was set at $10,000; Malone was charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, failure to appear, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $22,000.

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