3 charged in meth lab bust

3 charged in meth lab bust
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Three men were charged after Union City police discovered an active meth lab Wednesday afternoon at a vacant apartment on East Church Street.
Arrested were Lewis Hayes Darnell, 38, of 240 West Main St., Hornbeak; Glynn Charles Glover, 26, of 710 Bishop St., Union City; and Allan Kirk Virden, 38, of 1422 East High St., Union City.
All three were charged with possession of meth in a school zone, manufacture of meth in a school zone, promotion of meth and aggravated burglary, according to a Union City Police Department report.
The three were arrested after police responded about 4:20 p.m. to 423 East Church St. in Union City after receiving a complaint that people were allegedly inside a vacant apartment.
Police reported officers began checking the building and, as an officer was walking behind the building, he saw a man, identified as Darnell, coming down the stairs from the upstairs empty apartment and another man, identified as Virden, walking away from the house in the back yard. Another officer who came around the building at that time said he could immediately smell a chemical odor in the air which he recognized to be associated with meth labs.
After placing the two men in custody, police climbed the stairs leading to the upstairs apartment and could see an active meth lab in the kitchen “in plain view,” according to the report.
Police contacted the apartment owner and he confirmed the apartment was currently unoccupied and no one had permission to be there.
Police reported Darnell told them he was cooking meth with Virden and Glover. Officers went inside the downstairs apartment, where they found Glover and took him into custody for the alleged drug-related offenses.
Specially-trained Union City and Obion County law enforcement officers dismantled the meth lab and collected evidence at the East Church Street scene, which is located just east of the railroad tracks in downtown Union City and only about a block west of a nearby preschool facility.
Published in The Messenger 4.12.12

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