Sand Springs officers find meth lab, meth-making components while trying to locate sex offender

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. - Sand Springs police stumbled on a meth lab Sunday while investigating an Oklahoma sex offender who failed to register.

Damon Dunham was arrested for endeavoring to manufacture, possession of drug paraphernalia and various other drug charges.

According to his arrest report, Sand Springs police were contacted by Oklahoma City officers to confirm Dunham's father's residence.  Jack Dunham Sr. failed to register as a sex offender, according to the report, and OKC police had an open investigation involving multiple victims within their jurisdiction.

When Sand Springs officers arrived at the home near West 41st Street South and South 252nd West Avenue they heard movement inside but it took awhile for anyone to come to the door, according to the report.

Police say eventually Damon Dunham answered and appeared to be stressed, shaking excessively and pale-faced.

The officers notified Dunham they were there to speak with his father and they say Dunham calmed down, welcoming the officers inside.

According to the report, the officers immediately detected a chemical odor associated with a meth lab, and when they asked Dunham about the smell he said, "Officer, I don't smell anything."

Police say Dunham gave them permission to walk through the home, waiving his rights and signing a waiver form.

In the living room, police say they observed a burnt marijuana cigarette in an ash tray on the coffee table, which Dunham said wasn't his.

In a closet, which police say Dunham gave them permission to search, officers found a plastic bottle with chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and a propane torch.

At that time, police say Dunham began crying, saying, "No, no, I can't believe this. Am I going to jail now? No. Oh my God, Oh my God."

Dunham told officers the remainder of the lab was in a trash bag by the kitchen.  He said he had just bagged up the components and was stressed when he opened the door for the officers because he knew he couldn't eliminate the odor, according to the report.

In the trash bag, officers found used pseudoephedrine foil packets, stripped lithium batteries, drain cleaner, tubing and other items used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Dunham reportedly told officers he was not the primary cook, only that he supplied the pseudoephedrine and he provides the component to other meth cooks in the area in exchange for a profit.

Another plastic bottle filled with chemicals was found in a bedroom, police say.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office's Drug Task Force was dispatched to clean the home of hazardous materials.

Dunham was booked into the Tulsa County Jail on $36,250 bond.

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