Man jailed as ‘pretty good lab’ is busted

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 18, 2010

State and county officials “took down a lab, a pretty good lab” and arrested a Vicksburg man on charges of manufacturing crystal methamphetamine, Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Justin White, 24, 106 Meadowbrook Drive, was arrested by Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents and Warren County deputies about 4 p.m. Wednesday and charged with manufacturing meth and possession of precursor chemicals, Pace said.

Authorities went to No. 40 Gailey Road off U.S. 61 South to follow up on information regarding meth manufacturing in the area, Pace said.

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“As they approached the property, they could smell chemicals,” said Pace.

Officials saw someone inside a small travel trailer on the property with chemicals used for cooking meth, he said.

After they took White into custody, they obtained a search warrant and seized chemicals used in the “shake-n-bake” cook, Pace said.

“They interrupted an active cook,” he said and added White had mixed the chemicals just before law enforcement arrived.

Officials “took down a lab, a pretty good lab, yesterday evening,” said Pace.

White was alone in the trailer. The resident, who was not home at the time, was not charged, Pace said.

The sheriff said White was out on bond from charges filed Jan. 3 for cooking meth and grand larceny on U.S. 61 South. He had been released on $20,000 bond Jan. 22.

Today, he was being held without bond and awaiting an appearance in court.