Partial meth lab busted

Published 9:09 am Monday, March 28, 2011

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Bruce Shue and deputy Leon Kizer place Canoe resident Marvin Earl “P-Vine” Kimmons III under arrest Friday morning after his partial meth lab was busted.|Photo by Adam Prestridge

Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies serving a warrant on a registered sex offender stumbled upon a partial meth lab in Canoe Friday morning.

Deputies received a tip that 30-year-old Marvin Earl Kimmons III, also known as “P-Vine,” was living in a mobile home located at 44B S. Canoe Road and had not registered it as his address, which is required by the Alabama Department of Public Safety and Alabama Bureau of Investigations per the Community Notification Act.

Upon arrival around 10 a.m., deputies were unable to make contact with Kimmons, but could hear movement inside the mobile home. After numerous attempts, Kimmons answered the door. It was during the time he would not answer the door that Lt. Greg Forbes noticed suspicious materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines.

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“During the time they were there, Deputy Forbes noticed items outside the residents such as camping fuel, Red Devil lye and fertilizer, which is consistent with manufacturing of crystal meth,” Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said. “Once they opened the door, there was a strong, overwhelming chemical odor that was also consistent with crystal meth.”

At that point, Forbes evacuated the house and received consent to search it. Inside, Forbes found other items used to manufacture meth including syringes and a spoon. Also located in the bathroom of the home was Zachary Talbot, 28, a friend of Kimmons.

Both Kimmons and Talbot were arrested and transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton. Kimmons was charged with possession of a controlled substance, crystal meth and conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime, while Talbot was arrested for violation of probation.

“P-Vine admitted everything was his,” Lambert said. “He also stated that he hadn’t lately, but had recently manufactured meth.”

Kimmons was already out on bond for failure to register as a sex offender and a petition has been filed to revoke that bond. Lambert added that the distance from the mobile home Kimmons was living in to nearby Escambia Academy could “play a factor” during or “enhance” his sentence.

Talbot is awaiting a bond hearing and possible extradition back to Paxton, Fla., his hometown.