STEELE, Mo. -- Area Drug Task Force Agents chased down a suspect who fled on foot, carrying what officials described as a "fully active, boiling shake-and-bake methamphetamine lab" in his coat as he ran from police. Police later discovered two additional labs inside a residence the suspect had previously left.
Bootheel Drug Task Force Agents, under the direction of Pemiscot County officials, were tipped off yesterday in regard to a farm residence on County Road 548, south of Steele, where it was believed that illegal drug manufacturing was taking place inside.
Surveillance of the home was conducted for a number of hours until approximately 8:30 p.m., when a vehicle was seen leaving the residence. Police say they attempted to follow the vehicle, but when they closed in behind it, the driver made an abrupt stop in the middle of the road, quickly exited the vehicle and fled on foot.
Agents reported being able to apprehend him fairly quickly without incident. However, during the process, the unidentified suspect dropped from his coat a plastic liter-bottle which contained active ingredients in process of chemically creating the drug Methamphetamine. Police later learned that the vehicle he was operating and left sitting in the middle of the roadway was stolen from the state of Tennessee.
The discovery led agents back to the residence they had been watching throughout the afternoon and evening. There, investigators uncovered more of the drug, packaged for sale, in addition to two additional meth labs that were actively creating more of the illegal substance. Officials say that additional evidence, to include items regularly used in the manufacturing process of the drug was located throughout the home.
The suspect, who police have yet to identify, and his girlfriend, also unidentified by authorities at this time, were subsequently arrested and are awaiting formal charges through the Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.