By AMY LINDBLOM
Three people were arrested early yesterday after Tuolumne County sheriff deputies reported catching them in the act of making methamphetamine in a travel trailer parked on a remote Groveland road.
Sgt. Jim Mele of the Tuolumne Narcotics Team said the lab was capable of making a half-pound of methamphetamine at a time.
"It was still bubbling when the deputies walked in," Mele said.
Mele said Cpl. Jerry McCaig and Deputy Eric Earhart were called to Inspiration Road, off Forest Service Road 1S08, on a report of gunshots in the area.
The officers found a travel trailer hitched to a van parked on the side of the road. A man walked out and identified himself as Tim Meunier,41, of Modesto.
While officers spoke with Meunier, a woman came out of the trailer. She was identified as Rene Sebold, 34, of Groveland. As the officers talked with the two, McCaig saw a man go out a small cargo door in the trailer and run off.
McCaig stopped Calvin Aaron Davis, 31, of Empire at gunpoint.
Earhart discovered a bubbling mixture inside the trailer. The two officers contacted Mele and the TNT team to dismantle the lab. A hazardous material trailer was brought out to take away the chemicals.
"These people said they have been going around remote areas all over the area in the trailer, making methamphetamine and then dumping the waste into the forest," Mele said.
All three were arrested on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine. They remained in the Tuolumne County Jail this morning in lieu of $200,000 bail each.
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