Hunt for suspect finds meth lab

Published 12:22 am Sunday, September 19, 2010

A search for a suspect didn’t turn up the suspect, but it did uncover some illegal activity.

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department investigators and agents with the U.S. Marshal’s office in Biloxi were earching for a suspect on Sept. 2, in the area of McNeill Steephollow Road. When they arrived at the home,at 2399 McNeill Steephollow Rd. to serve a search warrant, they didn’t find the man they were looking for but did find an active methamphetamine lab, said Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Capt. Donnie Saucier.

While at the location looking for their suspect, deputies happened to notice an active methamphetamine lab in plain view. Saucier said the officers received consent to search the home where they found several HCL generators, precursor chemicals and  about two grams of methamphetamine.

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The two residents of the home, 52 year-old David Osborne and 32 year-old Amanda Moody, were arrested for manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of precursor chemicals and possession of methamphetamine.

Supervisory Inspector Justin Vickers of the U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force  said the suspect the operation was seeking, 36 year-old Stephen Fairley, was not at the residence. He is still wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections on a warrant for escaping earned release supervision.

Anyone with information about Fairley’s whereabouts should call the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department at 601-749-7700 or the U.S. Marshals Services Gulfport office at 228-563-1505.