Three arrested, meth lab found
Published 7:07 pm Wednesday, June 30, 2004
By By LYDIA GRIMES Feature Reporter
Escambia County Sheriff's Department received a call from a hospital in Mobile Monday night with a report that a female had been assaulted near Brewton. Captain Chuck McMullen and Deputy Matt Sheldon went to interview the victim.
They were told that the female and a child were held against their will at a home just off Hwy. 31 south of Brewton by a man. They both were beaten and the female required hospitalization.
McMullen obtained a search warrant for Bryce Logan, 37, a convicted felon, who was living in a trailer behind the house. Logan was to be arrested for kidnapping, first degree and assault, second degree.
Escambia County officers arrived at the scene around noon. Ten officers went into the front of the property while three others circled around behind.
When the officers tried to serve the warrant, the suspect ran into the woods. The search dogs were called in along with a helicopter out of Pensacola to help search the woods.
Logan was located and captured about a quarter of a mile from the scene.
Investigation of the scene uncovered a methamphetamine laboratory that was found in a building behind the house. Weapons were also recovered from the scene.
Two large containers of anhydrous ammonia were found in another building. A hazardous materials team out of Spanish Fort was called to deal with the dangerous chemicals while the Alabama Department of Forensics was called to investigate and obtain evidence.
Arrested along with Logan were Richard Durham, 36, and Elizabeth Hancock, 37, who were living in the house. They have all been arrested and are being held in the Escambia County Jail. Charges will be made as soon as the investigation is completed.
Sheriff Grover Smith was on the scene late Tuesday afternoon and said that the haz mat unit will clean up the chemicals while the Alabama Department of Forensics will continue to look for evidence. The 21st Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force is also involved in the investigation.