Mobile Meth Lab busted in Tyler

Published on Tuesday, 2 September 2014 21:32 - Written by Staff Reports

Tyler police officers arrested a man with a mobile methamphetamine lab and multiple firearms Tuesday.

About 1 p.m., Tyler police officers were called to the Sleep Inn, 5555 Donnybrook Ave., after the hotel cleaning staff found suspicious items inside a room including firearms, suppressors and assorted pills, according to a news release from the Tyler Police Department.

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Drug Enforcement Agency also were notified of the incident and assisted in the investigation.

The man who rented the room, 27-year-old Robert William Zandstra, gave officers consent to search the room and his vehicle, the release states.

In the hotel tool, police found two AR-15 rifles, a Walther P22 handgun, a revolver, assorted pills, suppressors and assorted material to manufacture suppressors. 

In his vehicle, police found a mobile methamphetamine laboratory, methamphetamines and an unknown assortment pills, according to police.

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. The charge is a second-degree felony.

All weapons, suppressors and the materials to manufacture suppressors were seized by the ATF, which is investigating potential federal law violations.