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Traffic stop reveals possible "rolling meth lab"

Two arrested on methamphetamine charges


    An early-morning traffic stop led to an hours-long ordeal when Statesboro Police found a possible "rolling meth lab" in a white Cadillac.
    After stopping them for speeding, further investigation revealed much more to the stop than just traffic violations. Police arrested Henry Mosley III, 28, West Columbia, SC, and Natalie Lancaster, 20, Leesville, SC, on manufacturing methamphetamine charges, said Statesboro Police Det. Rob Bryan.
    The incident unfolded when Advanced Patrol Officer Marcus Hartwell stopped the pair around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday for speeding, pulling them over into the parking lot near the intersection of U.S. 301 South and Veteran's Memorial Parkway where a gas station and two eateries are located, he said.
    Mosley was initially charged with speeding, improper tag, driving with a suspended license and no insurance, but further investigation led to Hartwell calling for backup. What police found in the vehicle led to both Mosley and Lancaster being charged with methamphetamine possession and manufacturing methamphetamine, Bryan said.
    "There were items found believed to be connected to a meth lab," said Statesboro Police Capt. L. C. Williams.
    After additional Statesboro Police officers and detectives responded to the scene, Bryan contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Drug Enforcement Regional Office in Savannah.
    "We then contacted the Bulloch County Drug Suppression Team," said Micah Ward, special agent in charge for the office. His office, as well as members of the Bulloch County Drug Suppression Team, "have special equipment and training" to handle a volatile situation such as methamphetamine production, he said. "When meth is cooked, it leaves hazardous, dangerous leftover byproducts."
    While officials could not disclose a complete list of items found, Bryan said some substances tested positively for methamphetamine in field tests at the scene, and additional items found were sent to the crime lab for further testing.
    Bryan said " a quantity of suspected meth, digital scales, drug paraphernalia and items and chemical suspected to be used for manufacturing methamphetamine" were found in the suspect's vehicle.
    Police cordoned off an area at the Shell Station, where Uncle Shug's Chicken Barn and a Subway are also located. The Statesboro Fire Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Regional Drug Enforcement agents, Bulloch County Sheriff's Deputies, Bulloch County EMS and Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn also responded.
    A Haz-Mat (hazardous materials) team arrived around 2:30 p.m. and completed the removal of potentially dangerous substances, according to police radio traffic overheard on a scanner.
    Law enforcement teams kept the area blocked off until early afternoon as the investigation continued. After the car was removed and taken to an impound area, and the Haz-Mat team removed potentially dangerous debris and articles, the parking lot was cleared and open to traffic.
    Lancaster and Mosley were taken to the Bulloch County Jail to await a bond hearing and face further court action, police said.

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