Ardmore narcotics officers put the brakes on a rolling methamphetamine lab traveling on what was described as a "main (drug) distribution route" Tuesday afternoon and arrested two men now charged with "cooking" and distributing the drug.
Sgt. Keith Ingle, Ardmore Police Department Narcotics Division, said Joshua McGuffin, 24, Marietta, and 19-year-old Jarad Ramsey, Wilson, were taken into custody without incident. Both men were booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending the filing of formal charges.
Ingle said APD narcotics officers were, "observing the area — a main distribution route in Ardmore (North Commerce Street and Veterans Boulevard) when the car the two men were traveling in was spotted.
"The vehicle was stopped on a traffic violation. As approach was made to the car the order of a lab was detected," Ingle said.
During the subsequent investigation an active "one pot" lab was discovered in the trunk of the car.
Ingle, a certified in clandestine labs, said he called Capt. Gregg Johnson, Carter County Sheriff's Department, for assistance at the scene.
"Gregg is also certified and it takes two people with certification to process a lab," Ingle said.
In addition to the active lab, 198 grams of what Ingle called the "finished product" was seized from the vehicle, along with an unloaded pistol.
Wednesday the district attorney's office filed formal charges of trafficking a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) and endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine against both men. McGuffin and Ramsey made initial appearances in Carter County District Court Wednesday afternoon where $40,000 bonds were set on the charges against both men.
McGuffin, who pleaded guilty in 2011 charge of unlawful possession of methamphetamine in Love County District Court is already serving a deferred sentence in that case.
A preliminary hearing conference in the case is set for 9 a.m. April 23.
Late Wednesday a spokesperson for the Carter County Detention Center said McGuffin and Ramsey remained jailed pending the posting of their bonds.