Five suspects remained in the Brown County Jail Tuesday on multiple charges after lawmen found components of a methamphetamine lab in a Brownwood apartment early Friday morning.
Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said sheriff’s officials and Early police were working on a joint narcotics investigation when investigator Carlyle Gover received a phone call about a possible methamphetamine lab.
Deputies and Early police found parts of a lab at Good Shepherd Apartments, 1700 Good Shepherd, and found the rest of the lab at a home in Blanket on Saturday, sheriff’s Capt. Tony Aaron said.
Aaron and jail records identified those arrested as Leonard Edmiston, 39, of Brownwood; Richard Roberds, 29, no hometown given; Heather Sansom, 30, of Poplar Bluff; Wanda Tongate, 45, of Tyler; and William Westerman, 42, of Miles.
Each suspect was charged with manufacture of a controlled substance, engaging in organized criminal activity, possession of a controlled substance and possession of chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine, Aaron said.
Bonds total $100,000 on each suspect, he said.
Deputies and police went to Good Shepherd Apartments around 2 a.m. Friday and identified an apartment that had a heavy smell of ether, a component of methamphetamine, Aaron said.
Lawmen set up surveillance and heard two people inside the apartment say they were leaving, he said.
“And when the door was opened, the sheriff’s office was there to greet them,” Grubbs said. “ … And it wasn’t Avon calling.”
Lawmen ventilated the apartment and recovered methamphetamine, paraphernalia, recipes and receipts for the purchases of ingredients, Aaron said.
He said the lab components comprised the finishing stages of a methamphetamine cook, and the rest of the lab, as well as more methamphetamine and ingredients, were located at a home in the 700 block of Fourth in Blanket.
Methamphetamine had recently been cooked at the Brownwood apartment, Aaron said.
He said it appears so far that the methamphetamine was being cooked for use among the group, but investigators haven’t ruled out that it was being sold.”
“It was a relatively small-scale cook,” Aaron said.
Grubbs said Gover, who became the narcotics investigator for the sheriff’s office earlier this year, was the case agent in the finding of the lab. “He’s acquired a grasp for narcotics investigations and done an excellent job,” Grubbs said.