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Jun 21, 2013 6:44 PM by KATC

Eunice man accused of operating a portable meth lab

A traffic stop for illegal window tint lead to the bust of a portable meth lab.

According to police documents, a Eunice Police Officer pulled over Mark Jones, 34, of Eunice
because his vehicle appeared to have illegal tint.

The officer detected a strong chemical smell emitting from Jones and also from the interior of the vehicle. According to the officer, Jones denied having drugs in his vehicle and gave consent to search the vehicle.

A K-9 officer searched the perimeter of the vehicle and gave a "final alert" on the car door. Now the officer had probable cause to searched the vehicle, according to the documents.

Items found in the vehicle were: Drano, batteries, surgical tubing, a measuring cup with white residue, coffee filters and an empty box of medicine containing pseudoephedrine. All of which are consistent with manufacturing crystal meth.

According to police, a pill grinder and syringes were found in a console. The substance in the syringes later test positive for crystal meth.

Jones allegedly admitted that the items were his.

Jones was charged with Creation or operation of a clandestine laboratory for the manufacture of a CDS,
illegal window tint, possession of schedule two narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of uniform CDS law.

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