A tip through METH TEXT, an anonymous program used by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, resulted in the discovery of 12 active meth labs, 16 salt generators and approximately $6,000 worth of meth oils at 2058 Old Shell Road late Thursday night.

Heidi Hancock

Mobile County Sheriff’s Office

Heidi Hancock

Justin Boles

Mobile County Sheriff’s Office

Justin Boles

The discovery led to the arrest of Thomas J. Bentley, Alexander J. Cameron and Britain A. Abston, who were all charged with first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, trafficking meth, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

According to a press release, the MCSO received a tip that Justin Boles, who has outstanding warrants related to trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine, was at the address on Old Shell Road.

While deputies were attempting to serve the warrants, Boles and several others locked themselves in a bedroom. 

After deputies gained entrance into the home, the suspects fled.

However, MCSO personnel were able to apprehend and arrest Bentley, Cameron and Abston.

Boles and Heidi Hancock escaped the scene and are currently being sought by the MCSO.