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SUMMERDALE, Alabama — Someone made sure that two men who were believed to be making methamphetamine in a camper didn’t get away from the Summerdale Police Department.

When officers arrived at the American RV Park on Sunday evening, a padlock had been placed on the camper’s only door, the Police Department said in a news release.

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Summerdale Police Chief Eddie Ingram


“Eventually, one of the suspects had to kick the door open from the inside to gain their freedom and allow authorities inside,” the Police Department said.

Damon Levi New, 34, of Indianapolis, and Craig Roberts Gentry, 32, of Dallas, both were arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Summerdale officers went to the recreational vehicle park after getting a tip that two children were in the camper, and methamphetamine was being made inside of it.

The Elberta and Silverhill police departments assisted with the investigation.

The Summerdale Police Department said officers smelled the odor of methamphetamine coming from the camper after arriving at the park and saw fumes coming from an air-conditioner vent.

The officers could hear voices inside the camper. When the officers approached the camper’s the door, they found a pad lock had been placed on it.

“It appears that somebody discovered that New and Gentry were manufacturing methamphetamine inside the camper and got upset about it so that person pad-locked the two of them inside the camper and called us to investigate,” Police Chief Eddie Ingram said.

The officers knocked on the door since they could not get into the camper.

“New and Gentry were so involved in cooking meth that they didn’t realize they were locked inside until we arrived,” Ingram said.

One suspect kicked the door open after he realized it was locked from the outside.

Two children live in the camper, but they were not present when the officers went inside it.

Inside the camper, officers found a methamphetamine lab and several ounces of meth oil that had been dumped in a toilet, the Police Department said.

“We don’t encourage any individual to lock anyone up inside a meth lab because of the potential for explosion and fire, but in this case we all got lucky,” Officer Vincent Miller said.



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