Tahlequah Daily Press

March 26, 2013

Deputies find alleged meth lab; man nabbed

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Tahlequah man March 23 in connection with a possible methamphetamine lab at an area mobile home park.

John Dustin Vannote, 21, was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on complaints of endeavoring to manufacture an illegal substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and child endangerment.

Deputies were dispatched to investigate a report of a possible meth lab at Vannote’s residence, 19013 E. 801 Road. Vannote gave deputies permission to search his residence.

Investigators reported the discovery of a clear glass container with two Energizer lithium batteries inside; an instant ice compress; and an Altoid breath mint tin can containing 48 clear, small empty baggies.

Deputies found a can of Drano inside a bedroom floor vent. They also discovered a 1-gallon jug of Transchem cleaner containing muriatic acid and hydrochloric acid in the kitchen, and a Black Crown Royal bag containing a clear, broken glass pipe on a table in the living room.

According to the investigator’s report, Vannote admitted the items found were his and said the other people present in his home at the time sheriff’s deputies conducted their search were not involved.

One man, two women, and a juvenile were reported present in the home when deputies arrived on the scene.