A traffic stop in Harris County Tuesday night led to the discovery of what authorities call a meth lab.
Richard Thweatt, 44, faces charges in connection with the suspected methamphetamine operation, Harris County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Neil Adams said.
Deputies stopped the suspect at Georgia 219 and Cannon Road around 11 p.m., the chief deputy said.
“They got to talking to the guy,” Adams said. “They basically did a pat down search on him.”
That led to the discovery of a glass bottle with suspected methamphetamine in it. A field test indicated the substance was meth, Adams said.
A drug-sniffing dog was then brought to the scene. It indicated that drugs were in the car, and deputies then searched the vehicle. Inside, they found more suspected meth and a glass smoking pipe, Adams said.
“They also found what we call precursors,” Adams said of ingredients used to make meth. “They put two and two together.”
Deputies asked the suspect if they could search his Martin Road home, and he agreed, the chief said. They found what Adams called a meth lab.
“There was a large amount of all the things you need to make meth,” he added. “There was residue in the containers where they had made it.”
The Drug Enforcement Administration was called to clean up the lab, Adams said.
Thweatt is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, the chief said.