ABILENE, Texas - A 39-year-old Abilene man has been arrested on drug charges after he admitted, law enforcement said, to having a "meth lab" in a house on South 11th Street.
Christopher Burkes is being held in Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling $50,000 on charges of 1st-degree felony possession of methamphetamine and 1st-degree felony manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, according to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office.
Burkes was arrested at about 2:05 p.m. Tuesday after Taylor County narcotics agents spotted him as he left a home in the 3000 block of South 11th Street.
When arrested, Burkes had two packages of methamphetamine weighing 1.5 grams, along with two syringes containing a blood and methamphetamine mixture weighing about 6.5 games, the sheriff's office said in a release.
According to law enforcement, Burkes then admitted to having the "meth lab" in the home that he had just left on South 11th. In the home, agents reportedly found another 20 ounces (566 grams) of methamphetamine in liquid form.
Burkes also faces a higher punishment if convicted because the alleged offense occurred within 1,000 feet of Oscar Rose and C.W. Gill city parks – in a drug-free zone, the news release said.