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Caretaker discovers meth lab
McMinnville man charged with burglary
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A 32-year-old Smithville man was charged with initiation of a process used in the manufacture of methamphetamine after authorities allegedly found meth lab components in a Short Mountain Highway home.Sheriff Patrick Ray said Steven Levan Gandy, 32, was arrested after a caretaker at a home on Short Mountain Highway found components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine inside the residence on Aug. 29.According to the sheriff, when Gandy arrived at the home he went inside and attempted to hide the items. The homeowner reportedly gave a drug detective consent to search the premises, and he allegedly found two one-pot cook bottles, mason jars containing a bi-layered liquid, two gasser bottles, two funnels, coffee filters, plastic tubing, two bottles of crystal drain cleaner and other items associated with the manufacture of meth.Gandy’s bond was set at $50,000, and he will appear in court on Sept. 12.Meanwhile, the sheriff’s department has arrested a local woman and charged her with six counts of forgery after she allegedly passed several forged checks at Walmart over a two-and-a-half-month period this summer.Meanwhile, a McMinnville man was arrested after he was allegedly caught breaking into an outbuilding on Bethel Road Thursday.Robin Lee Lawson, II, 36, was charged with public intoxication, burglary, and theft of property over $1,000 in connection with the break-in. According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, a deputy dispatched to investigate a complaint of a theft in progress found Lawson, who allegedly had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person, bloodshot eyes, and was unsteady on his feet.