Lawmen charge Lufkin man for motel meth lab

Steven Gardner mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Steven Gardner mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Sheriff's deputies have filed meth charges on a man accused of cooking the drug in a Lufkin motel.

Steven Lance Gardner, 35, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony.

Deputies arrested Gardner on October 11 on outstanding warrants and obtained a warrant on the new charge on October 19. He was arrested on the new charge on Wednesday.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, narcotics officers went to Sun and Pines Motel, located at 208 South Timberland Dr., after receiving a call that Gardner was cooking meth in one of the motel rooms.

Two deputies responded to the motel and spoke with the front desk clerk, who confirmed Gardner's room. The deputies went to the room and reported smelling a meth lab. They knocked on the door and a woman answered.

Gardner was in the room and deputies reported seeing items consistent with a meth lab. Gardner said the items were his and the woman had nothing to do with the lab, according to the report.

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