Charges filed in meth lab bust at hotel

Police charged two people in connection with a meth lab discovered at the Best Value Inn in Lebanon on Thursday. Lebanon police charged Stacy Jennings, of Antioch, and Carl Bynum, of Houston, Texas, each with reckless endangerment and initiation of process. According to Lebanon poli...
Jun 14, 2013
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Police confiscated several items discovered in a hotel room at the Best Value Inn on Thursday.

Police charged two people in connection with a meth lab discovered at the Best Value Inn in Lebanon on Thursday.

Lebanon police charged Stacy Jennings, of Antioch, and Carl Bynum, of Houston, Texas, each with reckless endangerment and initiation of process.

According to Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen, Jennings and Bynum were staying at the hotel for about two months and fell behind on payments.

Bowen said the hotel manager told the couple to either leave or pay several times before calling police. When police arrived, Bynum answered the door, and Bowen said officers could smell a strong chemical odor coming from the room. When they stepped inside, they saw ingredients commonly associated with the manufacturing of meth, according to Bowen.

"They didn't have an actual working lab, but they definitely had the ability to manufacture it," Bowen said Friday. "All the chemicals to go with it were found in the room."

Bowen said police confiscated several items from the hotel room, including glass pipes, rolling papers, silver spoons and other items commonly used in the manufacture and use of meth, along with printed instructions on how to make meth, pills and counterfeit money.

Lebanon officers trained in properly cleaning meth labs, as well as a Mt. Juliet officer, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Meth Task Force agents responded to the scene to properly package any hazardous material and ensure the room was safe to occupy.

"This stuff is so volatile," Bowen said. "They placed other people in danger because of what they did."

Police also found evidence related to a counterfeiting operation. The Secret Service was contacted and is investigating the counterfeiting allegations. Further charges are pending as a result of the search warrant, Bowen said.

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