Man charged with operating a meth lab in Garner hotel room

From staff reportsAugust 21, 2013 

— Police arrested a man over the weekend for using a hotel room to manufacture and sell methamphetamine.

Anthony Wade Lewis, 43, of Garner, remained in custody at the Wake County jail Wednesday after he was charged Saturday with possession of precursor materials, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance, according to Lt. Chris Clayton of the Garner Police Department.

According to a search warrant application made public Wednesday, investigators targeted Lewis after they used a database to determine he had purchased the maximum amount of pseudoephedrine over a 30-day period, and collected information from a confidential informant and other law enforcement sources that Lewis had manufactured meth where he was living at In Town Suites in the 1400 block of U.S. 70 West.

When police searched Lewis’ room Saturday night, they recovered two bottles of hydrogen peroxide, Coleman lantern fuel fluid and a clear bottle that investigators think contained pseudoephedrine, all precursors for making methamphetamine, court records show.

Lewis also admitted to police during the search to “regularly...cooking and manufacturing methamphetamine,” court records show.

His bail is set at $216,000, a jail spokesman said.

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