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Traffic stop leads to meth lab arrest

What remains of a mobile meth lab sits in the parking lot of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit Wednesday. At 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jeffrey Bruce Wilson, 23, was pulled over at East Oakridge Drive and Radium Springs Road for a traffic violation when authorities discovered meth lab materials in the bed of his truck.

What remains of a mobile meth lab sits in the parking lot of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit Wednesday. At 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jeffrey Bruce Wilson, 23, was pulled over at East Oakridge Drive and Radium Springs Road for a traffic violation when authorities discovered meth lab materials in the bed of his truck.

ALBANY -- A traffic stop put a Leesburg man in jail for possession and manufacturing methamphetamine Wednesday, said an Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit official.

"A Dougherty County Police officer stopped him for going through a red light," said Maj. Bill Berry, of the drug unit. "That officer did a good job; he did a real good job. He found the material."

What the officer found was enough methamphetamine lab-related material to put Jeffrey Bruce Wilson, 23, in Dougherty County Jail on drug charges, Berry added.

After the officer stopped Wilson at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday on East Oakridge Drive at Radium Springs Road, he noticed something that tipped him off to ask for permission to search Wilson, said county police Capt. Jim Sexton.

"The officer received permission to search the person (Wilson) and found what Wilson described as marijuana seeds," Sexton said. "Then he found a syringe in a pocket. He searched the interior of the vehicle and found two more syringes, a razor blade and a Glock-type handgun."

Sexton added that as the search continued the officer found chemicals such as lye, ephedrine from cold pills and other chemicals that indicated a methamphetamine lab.

The officer called the drug unit into the case. The drug unit had the pickup towed to its office parking lot to gather evidence.

"This is the most dangerous kind of lab," Berry said. "It is in a pickup riding around town. If somebody ran into him the chemical reaction could have caused an explosion."

This was the second meth lab arrest since Monday in the area. Lee County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested Randy Dale Gibson, 32, at his 448 White Pond Road home for manufacturing meth and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Other charges are pending against both men.