Armed Encounter with Repo Man Leads to Meth Lab Bust

txmethlabBrown County, TX – December 7, 2015 – A convicted felon is facing more prison time after Brown County deputies say they found guns, ammo, body armor and an underground meth lab at his home.

His wife and nephew were also arrested.

According to the probable cause statement, a repo man called police Nov. 21 and said Lynn Isbell pointed a gun at him when he showed up 5300 FM 2940 in Cross Plains to repossess Isbell’s car. Because Isbell is a convicted felon, it is illegal for him to own a gun. On Dec. 2, deputies searched Isbell’s home for the gun and ammo.

During the search, deputies say they found the gun Isbell pointed at the repo man. It was hidden under the mattress of his bed. Deputies also found 11 rifles, another handgun, body armor and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. The body armor is also illegal for Isbell because of his criminal history.

Deputies found meth residue and drug paraphernalia in the living room within reach of the couple’s two boys, ages one and four. They also found “a small amount of marijuana” in an adjoining bedroom.

Behind the house, deputies say they found a meth lab in an underground shelter. They believe Isbell was attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.

Isbell’s wife, Lynn, was arrested for two counts of drug possession and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The couple’s nephew, Dexter Bolds, was arrested on similar charges. Amanda Isbell was released on $17,000 bond. TX_methlab_mugsht

The Sheriff’s Office says Isbell’s back yard which was littered with trash, furniture and construction debris, weighing “well in excess of 1,000 pounds.” According to Texas statutes, it is illegal to dump trash anywhere other than a landfill, even if you own the property. The weight of the trash in this case makes it a state jail felony.

Amanda Isbell told deputies that her husband routinely takes their trash, old furniture and appliances and dumps it behind their house. She also said her husband and several of his friends, including their Bolds, removed debris from several rent houses the couple owns in Coleman and dumps it in the field behind their house.

Bolds denied those claims. He was also charged with illegal dumping and has been released on $20,000 bond.

Lynn Isbell is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, 13 counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful possession of body armor by a felon, two counts of drug possession and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He’s being held on $317,000 bond.

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, he was sentenced in 2001 to 13-months in prison for drug possession. In 2004, he was convicted of aggravated assault and escape in Coleman County and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Isbell was released on probation in August 2010. His probation ended three years later.

The couple’s children were taken by CPS.


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