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Meth lab found in vehicle following pursuit

Published 12:33pm Monday, April 21, 2014

A man is facing drug charges after authorities located meth labs were found in their vehicle following a pursuit in the Morgan City are of Morgan County that ended in the Owens Crossroads community of Madison County.

Preston Wade Russell
Preston Wade Russell

Preston Wade Russell, 28, was charged him with unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance 1st, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.  Russell was decontaminated and taken to the Morgan County Jail. The suspect was out on probation from a previous manufacturing charge, forcing Circuit Judge Jennifer Howell to set the suspect’s bond at $300,000.

Early Saturday morning, Morgan County deputies attempted to pull over a vehicle for a traffic violation in the Morgan City area. The vehicle failed to stop and led deputies on a pursuit across the Tennessee River into Madison County.

The vehicle turned onto Hobbs Island Road and continued several miles into the Owens Crossroads community.

After the suspect was arrested, deputies confiscated a black duffel bag that contained an active one-pot meth lab. Deputies contacted Owens Crossroads VFD until agents with the Morgan County Drug Task Force could arrive.

Agents arrived on the scene and dismantled the meth lab. Agents discovered the meth lab, acid, Drano, meth oil, lithium batteries, and syringes.

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