Large meth lab found in Chambers County, agents still searching for escaped suspect

Large meth lab found in Chambers County, agents still searching for escaped suspect

VALLEY, AL (WTVM) - The Chambers County Drug Task force is searching for a Valley man who jumped out of a window and escaped during a drug bust.

On Monday afternoon, agents with the Chambers County Drug Task force got a tip a meth lab was up and running inside a home in the Riverview Community in Valley along California Road.

When the owners of the home let agents inside they found components of a large meth lab. Ten bottles filled with meth material, along with eight grams of finished meth - valued at $1,000 - were discovered inside the home.

Agents say they could smell the lab, even before they saw it. 

Jolee Yates was arrested on various drug charges at the scene.

However, agents are still searching for Brandon Coker, who jumped out of a window at his parents' house, and escaped. Both face various
charges and could be charged with trafficking in meth.

"If you smell something you have never smelled before, then call the task force or your police department notify someone to come check it out, it may not be one, but it's better to be safe than sorry.  This is a very large lab we found in a home that looks just like yours or mine, this did not look like meth house," said Stacey Shirey with the Chambers County Drug Task Force.
This is the second lab agents have recovered in four months. They credit laws restricting the amount of pseudoephedrine - the main ingredient in meth  - people can purchase to bringing the local meth manufacturing business to a grinding halt.

"Back in 2012, I know we got 100 labs in the first five months of the year and we were averaging 150 labs a hear give or take a few, but that has dropped now. We are only getting about 5 to 6 labs a year," Shirey said.
Coker is still believed to be in the Riverview area of Valley.  If you have any information on where he may be, you are asked to give police a call.

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