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A lunchbox meth lab was discovered when an ATV overturned while it was being pursued by investigators near Cypress last Saturday night, and two people were taken into custody on drug charges.

Authorities say the two were trying to make the drug as they rode along on the ATV. One of suspects ran into the woods after the vehicle rolled over, but was apprehended shortly thereafter with the help of a K-9 team from Apalachee Correctional Institution.

Martha Elizabeth Shores

Martha Elizabeth Shores

 John Michael Adams

John Michael Adams

 

John Michael Adams of Marianna is charged with attempting to manufacture a controlled substance methamphetamine, fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, resisting arrest without violence, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Martha Elizabeth Shores of Cypress is charged with attempting to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine, fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, driving while license suspended or revoked, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a press release from the Jackson County Drug Task Force, officers from that unit tried to conduct a traffic stop on the ATV on Shalimar Road near the intersection of Dellwood-Cypress Road. It pulled to the side of the road and stopped, but as a deputy got out of his cruiser to talk with the occupants, the ATV sped away, authorities reported. Officers did not specify which of the two on board was driving at that particular time, but say the two were taking turns behind the controls. The ATV turned east on the south shoulder of U.S. 90 and the driver attempted to enter a wooded area off U.S. 90. In doing so, the operator lost control of the vehicle and overturned. Shores was taken into custody immediately, but Adams ran into the woods, according to the press release. Tracking dogs from ACI tracked him into the woods, where he was located and arrested.

A lunchbox discovered lying next to the ATV reportedly contained a “one pot methamphetamine lab.”

Investigators say Adams and Shores were riding the ATV while combining the ingredients for methamphetamine production, and that both were “actively taking part in both the cooking process as well as taking turns driving the ATV, and both parties had active involvement in fleeing from deputies.”

A canine unit from Jackson Correctional Institution in Malone had been deployed to assist in the search, but the ACI unit had found Adams before the Malone unit arrived. The JCI K-9 handler never removed the dog from its crate and returned to the prison. He discovered when he got there that the dog was missing from its carrier. The animal remains missing and a search continues for the bloodhound. Authorities believe the ride over may have loosed the locking mechanism on the crate and the dog got out on his own.

 

 

 

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