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Meth lab busted at local hotel, three arrested

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Lebanon Police arrested three individuals on meth charges on Tuesday after receiving a complaint about an odor coming from a room at a local hotel.

The incident occurred about 11:50 a.m. as officers responded to a call regarding Room 108 at Travel Inn at 914 Murfreesboro Road, said Chief Scott Bowen in a news release issued late Tuesday afternoon.

Arrested were Jarrod Griffith, 34, of 639 Bradford Drive, Gallatin; Candas Boatwright, 32, of 624 Willowview Drive, LaVergne; and Nick Roath, 41, of 216 West Gay Street, Lebanon.

Bowen said in the news release that officers approached the room and received consent from the male occupant to enter. Once inside, officers said they could see and smell evidence of an alleged methamphetamine lab.

Occupants were evacuated, and Lebanon officers specially trained as meth technicians arrived to process the scene and collect evidence. Officers were also assisted by Wilson County Emergency Management Agency and Lebanon Public Safety in the decontamination process.

Griffin and Boatwright were the occupants of the room, and both were charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and manufacturing methamphetamine.

“This is the third methamphetamine-related charge Boatwright has received in Lebanon in approximately six months,” Bowen said in the news release. He added, “Griffin also had an outstanding warrant in Wilson County for failing to appear in court on an unrelated charge.”

The room that Griffin and Boatwright were in was registered to Roath. He was staying in Room 202 which was also registered to him. Officers made contact with Roath in his room and he was reportedly found to be in possession of what officers believed to be methamphetamine. He was charged with possession of Schedule II.

“This is the fifth methamphetamine laboratory that has been discovered by the Lebanon Police Department in 2014,” Bowen said. “According to the Meth Task Force, 18 meth labs were found in Lebanon/Wilson County in 2013.”

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