Mobile meth lab shut down; federal agency collects weapons

TYLER (KYTX) -- Weapons and drugs were swept up after a local hotel cleaning crew ran into more than they could handle.

On Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at approximately 1:00 PM, Tyler Police Officers were dispatched to the Sleep Inn located at 5555 Donnybrook when the hotel cleaning staff entered one of the rooms to clean it and observed several suspicious items lying in the open.

These items included firearms, suppressors, and assorted pills. The ATF and DEA were notified of the incident and responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Tyler Police officers then contacted the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Robert William Zandstra, who gave officers consent to search his room and vehicle. The search of the hotel room revealed two AR-15 rifles, a Walther P22 handgun, a revolver, assorted pills, suppressors and assorted material to manufacture suppressors.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a mobile methamphetamine laboratory, methamphetamines and an unknown assortment pills. Zandstra was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, one gram or more but less than four grams, in a school zone (2nd Degree Felony).

All weapons, suppressors and other assorted materials to manufacture suppressors was seized by ATF who is continuing to investigate potential federal law violations.


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