Meth Lab found in woods beside Lebanon Airport
Local man and Vermont woman busted Monday afternoon
WEST LEBANON, NH - Members of the Drug Enforcement Agency's Clandestine Lab Team were called out Monday to neutralize a cook site for methamphetamine that was discovered in the woods Monday behind a hotel near Airport Road.
Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello announced Tuesday that members of his department were tipped off that two individuals staying at the hotel "were walking back and forth to a campsite with materials in a backpack for methamphetamine production and possibly `cooking' meth at the campsite."
"A search in the woods behind the hotel revealed a campsite that contained materials and evidence leading investigators to conclude it was an active site where meth was being produced using a `one pot' method," police explained.
As the investigation continued, two suspects were pulled over as they drove down Mechanic Street around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon and both were subsequently charged with felony counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class A felony in New Hampshire.
Stanley Sousa, 26, of West Lebanon was out on parole for a 2013 attempted drug robbery
Stanley Sousa, 26, of West Lebanon refused the services of a bail commissioner and is due to be arraigned today at Grafton Superior Court. Sousa was out on parole from a 3-to-10 year sentence that he received in 2013 for an attempted robbery after he and an accomplice drove up to the Walgreens in West Lebanon that February with a fake bomb made out of an old video game console and tried to scare the pharmacist at the drive-thru window into giving them drugs.
Damian Sumner, 21, of Moretown, Vermont is facing a felony charge for allegedly cooking meth
Damian Sumner, 21, of Moretown, Vermont was also held for lack of $10,000 cash bail and she too is due at the Grafton County Courthouse today for formal arraignment.
The DEA's Clandestine Lab Team, which includes Lebanon Police Lt. Stephen St. Louis, Corporal Michael Wright and Detective Justin Logan, was called out to clean up the toxic chemicals left behind at the meth cooking site.
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