Meth Lab

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Authorities arrest two, allege meth lab found in automobile

A Batesville woman was one of two people arrested Friday in north Mississippi with an active meth lab in their vehicle, according to a Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics official.

Agents arrested Lisa Renae Goodson, 29, of 223 Cottage Trail Road in Batesville and Billy John Stanley, 32, of 815 Spruce in Clarksdale, after officers stopped their vehicle for a traffic violation on Highway 6 West.

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The ensuing search of the suspects and vehicle turned up the mobile lab as well as a small quantity of methamphetamine, according to MBN Director Marshall Fisher.

Goodson and Stanley were alleged to have been using pseudoephedrine purchased over the counter in Tennessee to produce meth. Pseudoephedrine, an active ingredient in some cold and allergy medicines, is the key ingredient used to illegally produce methamphetamine. Since July 1 it has been available only by prescription in Mississippi.

Both are charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and manufacture of methamphetamine.

Bond has been set at $20,000 for each suspect.

The arrests resulted from a two-day investigation by the MBN and Panola County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Batesville Police Department.