Mobile meth labs lead to two arrests

Published 10:19 am Monday, September 26, 2011

A routine traffic stop led to two drug-related arrests after Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies discovered three meth labs in a vehicle Wednesday night on Jack Springs Road, officials said.

Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said Clifton Buckhault, 45, and Aubrey Rolin, 41, both of Atmore, were taken into custody after deputies found an active meth lab and “remnants” of two other labs in a trailer being pulled by the pick-up truck the men were traveling in.

“It was a routine traffic stop for a tag violation,” Lambert said. “The two men were acting nervous and squeamish. (The deputy) asked for permission to search and when he did he found items he believed to be consistent with the manufacturing of meth.”

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Lambert said the driver of the truck has a history of legal problems related to drugs.

Along with sheriff’s deputies, officers with the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force, Poarch Police Department and firefighters with the Poarch Fire Department also responded to the scene, where hazardous materials clean-up procedures were carried out.

Buckhault and Rolin were transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton. Both men were charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, crystal meth; unlawful possession of crystal methamphetamine; unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia; unlawful possession of anhydrous ammonia; possession of burglary tools.

Buckhault and Rolin currently remain in custody on a bond of $100,000 apiece.