Three arrested for allegedly running meth lab
Published 12:01 am Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Natchez — Three locals were arrested Monday night after they were allegedly discovered to be running a meth lab in Natchez.
Robert Mahony Jr., 40, 603 Oak St., was charged with seat belt violation, driving under suspension, two counts of manufacturing crystal methamphetamines, possession of methamphetamines and a precursor violation.
A precursor violation is when a person possesses two or more ingredients used in the manufacture of illegal controlled substances.
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Lisa Knapp and James Luke McNeely, both of Monterey, were also arrested on charges of acting in concert with the manufacture of methamphetamines.
Metro Narcotics received a warrant for the search at Mahony’s residence after an officer noticed the strong smell of ether — a chemical used in the manufacture of meth — coming from Mahony’s vehicle during a traffic stop shortly after 5 p.m., Metro Narcotics Commander Cliff Cox said.
During the search, the Mississippi Clandestine Laboratory Team found three different batches — or “cooks” — of meth being manufactured, Cox said.
Among items reportedly seized were a firearm, precursor chemicals used in the manufacturing process and a bottle with the chemicals already mixed and ready to cook, Cox said.
The chemicals were handled and disposed by a hazardous materials team.
Because the Oak Street address Mahony allegedly used is within 1,500 feet of a school, church or playground, Mahony faces enhanced drug charges as required by state law.