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Lufkin man pleads guilty to motel meth lab


 A Lufkin man caught cooking meth in a Lufkin motel appeared in court this week.

Steven Lance Gardner pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance.

Gardner will return to court for sentencing following a pre-trial investigation.

According to earlier reports Gardner was cooking meth in a room in the Sun and Pines Motel in Lufkin.

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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