Parents arrested after meth lab found at Hermitage home
Feb 16, 2013 05:08 PM
Phillip Mason, 28
Emily Mashburn, 23
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A tip regarding drug activity led to the arrest of two parents on Saturday in Hermitage.
Police said Phillip Mason, 28, and Emily Mashburn, 23, are alleged to have been in the process of manufacturing meth in front of their three year-old daughter at a home in the 400 block of Mona Drive.
Police said they noticed a chemical odor from inside the house and items believed to be related to meth manufacture at the back door.
Mason and Mashburn refused to exit the residence for several hours. A police negotiator arrived and after a lengthy discussion, the couple came outside with the child.
The investigation led to the discovery of acid gas generators, cooking vessels, sulfuric acid, Coleman fuel, ammonium nitrate and empty packages of medicine that contained pseudoephedrine.
There was also an SKS assault-type rifle and ammunition found inside the house.
Mason and Mashburn are charged with initiating the process to manufacture meth, child endangerment, unlawful possession of a weapon in the commission of a dangerous felony and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Meth, weapon and drug paraphernalia warrants have also been issued against a third person, 36-year-old Drew Mena.
Authorities said the electric service at 400 Mona Drive is in his name and personal items were found inside linking him to the residence.
Mena was not present Saturday and remains at large.
Relatives are caring for Mason and Mashburn's daughter.