Drug Bust Inside Tyler Motel

Three men were arrested inside a Tyler motel Wednesday night, when authorities found equipment to make methamphetamine inside their room.

It happened at the 12 Oaks Motel in North Tyler. Authorities initially went to the motel, looking for 20-year old Mark Paul Barnwell and 18-year old Thomas Wayne Plunk. The two men recently deserted their New York military post.

A third man, 32-year old James Liles was arrested after admitting he owned the drug paraphernalia found inside the room. All three were booked in Smith County Jail.

Barnwell and Plunk will be handed over to Army officials.

   Kerri Panchuk, reporting.