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Meth lab busted near church

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Lebanon Police have charged four people suspected of operating a meth lab at a residence at 613 Hartsville Pike, two doors down from Hillcrest Baptist Church.

The four were arrested on Wednesday evening. They were identified as Daniel Eldridge, 36, of 613 Hartsville Pike; Michelle Kerr, 37, of the same address; Mark Johnson, 33, of 151 Cainsville Road, Lebanon; and Zachary Barlow, 21, of 709 Mulberry Street, Lebanon.

All four are charged with Initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, Manufacture of Schedule II, Possession of Schedule II with intent to distribute and Simple possession of Schedule VI.

 As of press time Thursday, the four suspects remained in the Wilson County Jail. Eldridge’s total bond was set at $36,500; Kerr’s total bond was set at $23,500; Johnson’s total bond was set at $2,000; and Barlow’s total bond was set at $28,300.

Chief Scott Bowen and Lt. Chris Melvin, who was on the scene, said police received an anonymous complaint that residents had a meth lab inside.

Officers responded and found two active one-pot meth labs, Bowen said, adding that methamphetamine cooks using the one-pot method combine all the ingredients into one container, often an empty soda bottle.

Officers also found what was believed to be marijuana inside the house.

Trained meth lab technician, Officer Chris Luna, responded to the scene to safely gather the evidence and dispose of any trash.

Bowen noted “the one-pot method is extremely dangerous. If the bottle is shaken the wrong way, if any oxygen gets inside of it, or if the cap is loosened too quickly, the bottle can explode.”

Officers responded to the scene shortly after 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, and were still on the scene as of 6, Wednesday night.

Others reportedly responding to the scene were Lebanon Public Safety officers, Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, Lebanon Fire Department and Animal Control.

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