Mobile meth lab found

Published 5:50 pm Thursday, June 10, 2010

Maplesville Police made two arrests Wednesday night in connection with the discovery of a “rolling meth lab.”

Russell Cason Boyd, 47, and Jonathan Edward Green, 30, both of Chilton County, were arrested after methamphetamine and all the tools necessary to make the drug were found in their vehicle after a routine traffic stop.

Assistant Police Chief Corry McCartney said the mobile lab is the first he’s seen in his time in Maplesville, but the method of producing the drug could become more prevalent.

“That’s what we call a rolling meth lab,” McCartney said. “We’re glad we were able to get it off the street before they were able to disperse it.”

Officers Mike Bradford and Casey Ofarril stopped a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado at about 9:15 p.m. near the 207-mile marker on Highway 82 because the vehicle didn’t have working tag lights.

Bradford noticed loose pills inside the vehicle and asked the driver to step out of the truck. That’s when a bottle obviously used to make meth fell out of the vehicle and onto Bradford’s foot.

Two small-scale “shake and bake” labs were discovered in the vehicle, along with six bags, or about 20 grams of finished product and about 70 grams of meth oil.

The two men will be charged with: manufacturing of a controlled substance, first degree; trafficking methamphetamine; possession of precursor chemicals; possession of a controlled substance; possession of a pistol without a permit; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana, second degree.