Speeding stop smokes out rolling meth lab
by Jessica Loeding
Apr 15, 2014 | 3429 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A volatile rolling drug setup was located Monday morning in a traffic stop on Interstate 75.

Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force agents were called at 10 a.m. to mile marker 301 on I-75 south after a Georgia State Patrol trooper located components of a rolling methamphetamine lab, DTF Commander Capt. Mark Mayton said.

John Fairchild Wilson of Monticello, Ky., was traveling south in a Chevy pickup when the trooper clocked Wilson going 93 in a 70 mph zone. The trooper discovered Wilson’s license were suspended and placed him under arrest. While searching Wilson, meth was found on his person, Mayton said.

A search of the vehicle located a meth lab in the rear of the pickup.

“They found some items they were suspicious of that were consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine,” Mayton said. “As a result of that, we responded to the incident location and found stored items that were having exothermic reactions.”

The lab, while mobile, was not actively “cooking” meth.

Bartow County Fire Department was called to the scene and erected a canopy to protect the mobile meth lab from the elements.

Mayton said the items present responded violently when exposed to water.

“The rain was not helping us at all,” he said.

Wilson was arrested and charged with speeding, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence — drugs, no insurance, manufacturing meth and trafficking meth.