North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

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February 8, 2012

Deputies discover meth lab while searching for theft suspect

NORTH JEFFERSON — On Tuesday, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies received information about the location of a suspect in recent ATV thefts in Gardendale.

The suspect was reportedly hiding at a home in the 2800 block of Morris-Majestic Road in northern Jefferson County. The suspect had stolen ATVs and a trailer and then led Gardendale Police and other law enforcement agencies on a high speed chase before jumping from his vehicle and escaping, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies went to the residence in an attempt to locate this subject. When they arrived they spoke to the resident, 47-year-old Michael David Hare. Hare told Deputies that the person they were looking for was not at his house and told them they could go inside and see.

Once inside, deputies did not locate the suspect but, instead, found a meth lab. Narcotics investigators were called in to process the scene.

Hare was arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is in the Jefferson County Jail with $251,000 bond.

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