Two New Tazewell Officers stumbled upon a meth lab while dealing with two thieves in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
Two men exited the store causing the EAS Alarm system to be triggered. The police department was called and officers were able to locate Justin Roy Davis, 28, of Middlesboro and Derrick Allen Jennings, 21, of Middlesboro who both appeared to have something in their jeans.
Upon approaching the two men, Patrolmen Billy Davidson and Harrison Cornett discovered that each of them had an AM/FM CD car stereo down inside their pants.
The officers took the two men into custody and separated them for questioning.
After advising them of their Miranda Rights, they asked if they were in possession of any other stolen merchandise.
Jennings stated that there was a meth lab inside the vehicle. Officer Davidson obtained consent to search the vehicle.
Upon opening the door to the vehicle, the officer detected a strong chemical odor coming from inside. Further investigation revealed all the components necessary to initiate the manufacture of methamphetamine along with other items considered as drug paraphernalia.
Davis stated to officers that he had previously been arrested in February of this year for shoplifting at the Oak Ridge Wal-Mart and was issued a no trespass order.
They also seized the 1999 Dodge Durango the two men were in.
Both men were placed under arrest and transported to the Claiborne County Jail where they were charged with theft of property under $500, criminal trespassing, promotion of manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition to these charges, Jennings was charged with two outstanding warrants for FTA assault and domestic violence.
The two men will appear in court later this month.