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02/27/08-Lufkin

Lufkin Meth Lab Bust

by Tashun Chism

When Angelina County Sheriff's Deputies arrived at the Motel 6 on South Timberland in Lufkin, their suspicions were confirmed.

Angelina County Sheriff Kent Henson told us, "there was one guy sitting on the floor cooking, actually doing an active cook. Then we had one sitting beside him on the bed smoking."

Deputies arrested Scott Hodge and Matthew Sherman. Both men were charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance. Deputies found the meth lab by acting on an anonymous tip. A tip they couldn't have gotten soon enough.

"Any time they cook meth, because they're using muratic acid and coleman fuel. Any time you start mixing vapors like that you're going to have some problems," Henson said.

Sgt. Joey Davidson of the Angelina County Sheriff's Department's Narcotics Divison told us, "There's an explosion factor, a health and safety hazard. Inhalation hazards. It's an all artound dangerous situation."

One of the main meth making ingredients found in the room is red phosphorus, the material found on the side of match boxes.

Building a meth lab requires a lot of different supplies. But authorities say one of the scariest parts about it is you can buy many of those supplies at your local store.

"You don't have to order a special order of any type of chemicals to manufacture meth. Everything is readily available," Davidson said.

Meth labs are still a big problem in Angelina County, but state law now requires anyone who buys over the counter drugs to show ID. That's because they contain pseudoepherine, one of the main ingredients used to make meth.

"Anything that we can do to make it harder for these cooks to get the chemicals they need to make their meth helps out tremendously. And anytime they have to buy some of these chemicals and show their identification, it kind of deters them from going and getting the chemicals that they need," said Davidson.

Before the state required ID for over the counter medicine, the Angelina County Sheriff's Department shut down nearly 400 meth labs over a four year period.

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