Meth lab suspect who fled is caught

Published 5:48 pm Wednesday, December 5, 2007

A man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine and being on the run from authorities for three months was in custody Monday, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department said.

Three months ago Allen Dean Harrell, 31, took off running from authorities raiding a suspected meth lab at a home in the Escatawpa community in east Jackson County.

Agents with the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County arrested Harrell Friday after receiving a tip he was hiding at an apartment in the St. Martin community in west Jackson County, said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd.

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Agents watched the apartment for several hours before going into the home and finding Harrell trying to escape through a window. A deputy was waiting outside, and Harrell was arrested.

Harrell is facing two charges of manufacturing meth and probation violation.

Several months ago the meth lab was discovered by Jackson County deputies when someone at the home picked up the phone to dial 411 and inadvertently dialed 911 instead, hanging up when officials answered. Authorities used the reverse-911 system to track the address of the hang-up call and went there to check on things. Authorities soon discovered the meth lab and Harrell escaped on foot.