Around 4 p.m. Friday, after receiving an anonymous tip regarding a methamphetamine lab, members of the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office went to a residence ion Lewis Drive near Midline just north of Splendora to check it out. They met with suspect Joshua Wineman, 23, who initially responded to the allegation by saying he allowed two people to stay in his cargo trailer Thursday night. When he returned Friday morning, Wineman said he found his guests left behind a box containing the components of meth lab.
Wineman later admitted there were plastic bottles used to manufacture methamphetamine side the trailer, along with a small amount of crystal methamphetamine he took in exchange for allowing the two previously mentioned people to use his trailer to cook meth.
Precinct 4 Deputy Constables and members of the Texas Department of Public Safety Methamphetamine Initiative Group (MIG) then executed a search warrant signed by Judge Metts on the residence where they found multiple precursors connected with the manufacture of methamphetamine. Those items included components used in the “shake and bake” method of manufacturing the drug, which has become popular because of its ease and portability, but has also resulted in many serious injuries nationwide from explosions that occurred while the would-be manufacturer was holding the bottle.
Deputies recovered in excess of one dozen bottles consisting of methamphetamine compound materials including pseudoephedrine, Coleman fuel, acid compounds, salt, and lithium strips, as well as HCL generators. They also removed over 250 grams of methamphetamine in both liquid and crystal form. The estimated street value is $25,000.
Wineman, a convicted felon, was further found to be in possession of a .22 rifle, kept in the main cooking area. He was taken into custody and transported to the Precinct 4 Offices for booking and then to the Montgomery County Jail in Conroe.
Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden said he was glad to see another lab shutdown by his agency.
“These labs and those who support them through buying the meth they produce pose many dangers to a community,” Constable Hayden said. “I made a promise when I was elected Precinct 4 Constable and we continue to aggressively investigate and pursue all those who bring illegal drugs into East Montgomery County.”
Joshua Wineman is charged with first-degree felony Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance; second-degree felony Possession of Certain Chemicals With Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance; and third-degree felony Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
Wineman was an accomplished BMX racer and holder of many trophies until 2007 when he was injured while racing and unable to return to the sport.