Deputies Discover Mobile Meth Lab In West Wichita

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Stephen T. Barnhart, 45, and Charlotte Allen, 44, have been booked into the Sedgwick County Adult Detention facility on charges that include possession of narcotics with the intent to sell.

Just before four this morning, a Sedgwick County deputy saw some suspicious activity at the Regency Inn on West Kellogg. That deputy then followed a white vehicle and made a traffic stop near I-235 and Central.

The deputy smelled a strong chemical odor coming from the driver. He then discovered items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

"Based on what he found at the traffic stop, he basically located a meth lab and the precursors to a meth lab in the vehicle," said Lt. Jason Gill, Sedgwick County Sheriff's.

Deputies then went back to the hotel where the driver had a room and found additional material used for a meth lab.

The Wichita Police Department Explosive Ordnance Unit was called to both scenes.

As a safety measure, several rooms were evacuated displacing about five people at the hotel. Investigators said there's a danger to inhaling those chemicals.

"The danger would be the inhalation of the chemicals. Explosion could be a possibility but generally it's more the raw chemicals," said Gill.

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