Crime

Third suspect in meth bust caught

Travis Jackson of Phenix City, the third suspect charged in the raid of a suspected methamphetamine lab Wednesday by the Russell County Sheriff’s Department, has been captured and is now in the Russell County Jail.

The two others, Crystal Amanda Lee, 18, and Emily Autum Dudenski, 21, both of Phenix City, were arrested at the scene on Pine Ridge Trail Wednesday morning. Jackson, 30, fled the scene and was located later in the day. He was booked into the jail Wednesday.

Each of the three face four charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and chemical endangerment of a child.

A 14-day-old baby was found in the trailer where methamphetamine was found to be cooking.

The baby was taken into custody by the Department of Family and Children Services.

Russell Sheriff’s Lt. Heath Taylor credited the bust to keen observation by Deputy Tim Watford.

Taylor said Watford was following up on a juvenile case around 6:15 in the morning. When he came near the trailer where the lab would be found, Jackson took off running. Watford noticed a pipe running out of the trailer.

“It looked as if something was being vented,” Taylor said.

Watford called P.A.I.N. or Partners Against Illegal Narcotics, for backup. The residence was secured. Taylor said some suspected methamphetamine was still cooking in the trailer. There was also some finished product.

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