Monday, January 4, 2010

Traffic Stop Leads To Dismantling Of Rolling Meth Lab

   A traffic stop conducted after police officers noticed a vehicle had failed to stop at a stop sign during the weekend lead to the dismantling of a rolling meth lab passing through the area.

   Shortly before 8:00 p.m. Sunday a deputy with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department reports noticing that the driver of the 2003 Chrysler P.T.

Cruiser had failed to stop at the stop sign posted at the Buffalo Road/Valley Road intersection.

The vehicle was stopped shortly, and when deputies made contact with the driver, Robert Winton, 52, of 110 Crestline Place SW, Hartselle, Alabama, they report noticing digital scales, Coleman fuel, coffee filters and a package of lithium batteries lying inside.

Deputies report there was also a camouflage backpack lying on the rear seat. All are common components of meth labs.

   After deputies determined that Winton’s driver license was suspended passenger Donna Frost, 34, of 1200 Shady Lane, Pulaski, informed them that she was “extremely sick, and they were headed to the hospital.” When deputies asked whether she needed an ambulance, they report she replied, “no.”

   Deputies noted that both Winton and Frost appeared to be overly nervous. They were asked to exit the vehicle and Winton was placed under arrest at that time for driving on a suspended license. During a subsequent search of his person deputies report finding a meth pipe and aluminum foil bearing meth residue.

   After obtaining permission from Frost to conduct a search of the vehicle and from Winton to search his backpack, deputies report discovering a meth lab concealed inside the bag. Seized were twenty-four separate items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

   The vehicle was seized and both Frost and Winton transported to the Lawrence County Jail. Both were booked under charges of promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of methamphetamine manufacturing and possession of drug paraphernalia. Winton was additionally charged with driving on a suspended license.

   Both Winton and Frost are scheduled to answer the charges through Lawrence County General Sessions Court on February 8, 2010.


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