Jan 30, 2016 11:15 AM

Lebanon building evacuated when methamphetamine lab found in one apartment


LEBANON - Residents were evacuated from part of the Boulders Condominium Complex on Wolf Road on Friday night after police discovered methamphetamine being manufactured in an apartment there.

Police say they went to the apartment after getting a call from a North Carolina police department that had reason to believe a suspect in a bank robbery was staying there.

When Lebanon police went to look for Jamie Smith, 28, of Raleigh, N.C., they found him -- but also found the contents of a one-pot methamphetamine mixture or "cook" that appeared to have been dumped into a bathroom toilet when police had arrived.

Because of the instability of the chemicals involved, police immediately evacuated the apartment and with help from the Lebanon Fire Department, evacuated residents from adjoining units.

A search warrant was obtained and the Drug Enforcement Agency was contacted to safely recover evidence from the apartment.

In addition to the arrest of Smith, police also took into custody a woman in the apartment, Samantha Renehan, 28, of Sharon, Vt., who also had a warrant out for her arrest for failing to appear in court.

Smith was held as a fugitive from justice and he and Renehan were taken to the Grafton County jail, They are scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

The investigation into the one-pot methamphetamine laboratory is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Lebanon Police Detective Division at 448-1212.


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