Claremore Daily Progress

Crime/Courts

June 13, 2014

Deputies arrest 2, seize meth lab

CLAREMORE —

Rogers County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men Tuesday in connection with a methamphetamine operation in Rogers County.
Robert Lavern, 45, of Talala and Jacob Kinnon, 30, of Collinsville, were taken into custody at Lavern’s residence following an undercover investigation by the THUG Task Force. 
The task force had been following Lavern for about a year after complaints were made by area residents, who were concerned about the dangerous activity.
Upon investigation of the home, deputies discovered items used to cook meth. 
On Monday, Lavern invited the undercover deputies into his home after they made arrangements to deliver boxes of pseudoephedrine to complete a “cook,” according to the arrest report.
At this time, Lavern introduced Kinnon as a paramedic and stated that he was also a distributor. 
Kinnon told undercover deputies that he was looking forward to the next delivery because he had to pull a 60-hour shift on the upcoming EMT schedule. Investigators advised both Lavern and Kinnon they would see them the following day with more boxes. 
On the day of the delivery (Tuesday), investigators issued a search warrant of the residence where Lavern and Kinnon were arrested. 
Upon a search of Kinnon’s vehicle, investigators discovered a glass smoking device and a clear plastic baggy in the driver’s side door with a white powdery substance that both field tested positive for methamphetamine.
During a search of Lavern’s residence, investigators obtained measuring scales, smoking devices, straws or “tooters,” and a small plastic baggy containing crystal meth. 
On the outside of the residence were three meth lab vessels and a loaded 22-caliber rifle.
According to the report, Lavern told deputies that he was cooking methamphetamine for the purpose of making money and that it had been his primary source of income for the past three years. 
He stated that he, along with Kinnon, cooked the meth together at the residence on a regular basis, and would distribute it to personal friends and clients. 
The two were booked into the Rogers County Jail. 
Kinnon was charged with possession and distribution of controlled substance and unlawful possession of paraphernalia. His bond is set at $33,500 bond.
Lavern received charges, including maintaining place for keeping/selling controlled substance, three counts of possession of controlled substance, distribution of CDS, possession/using offensive weapon in felony and unlawful possession of paraphernalia. 
His bond has been set at $45,000.

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