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Couple charged in making meth

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Bowen said when Bynum answered the door for the officers who responded, they reported they could smell a strong chemical odor coming from the room.

When they went inside, the officers reported they saw ingredients often associated with the manufacture of meth. The rooms on either side of the one the couple was staying in were evacuated as a safety precaution.

Jennings and Bynum were each charged with reckless endangerment and initiation of process based on the initial findings.

The room was secured and police obtained a search warrant. During the search, Bowen said officers found drug paraphernalia including glass pipes, rolling papers, silver spoons and other items commonly used in manufacturing meth; printed instructions on making meth, pills and counterfeit money.

Lebanon police officers trained in properly cleaning meth labs as well as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Meth Task Force responded to the scene to properly package any hazardous material and ensure the room was save to occupy.

Police, Bowen said, also found evidence related to a counterfeiting operation. The U.S. Secret Service was contacted, and they are investigating the counterfeiting allegations.

The couple remained in the Wilson County Jail as of Monday with bond set at $105,000 for Bynum and at $50,000 for Jennings.

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