Police: fight report leads to discovery of meth lab

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM.

BONIFAY — Police discovered a meth lab and arrested three people on Monday following the report of a fight in Bonifay, according to a news release from the Bonifay Police Department.

Arrested were William Ran Elmore, 31, of Bonifay, on charges of assault, battery, burglary of a conveyance and robbery of a person; Beauregard Lane Shideler, 31, of Bonifay, on charges of battery and robbery of a person; and Linda Marie Bess, 30, of Bonifay, on charges of manufacture of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

Bonifay Police officers responded to the report of physical altercation in the 600 block of Cotton Street at about 3 p.m. on Monday. Officers arrived on scene and obtained a statement from the alleged victim and several witnesses, who provided descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle. 

A canvas of the area led to the discovery of the suspect vehicle at an address on Hamlin Street, just a few blocks away from the incident location, according to the release.  Permission to search the residence was obtained by the officers and the suspects were arrested without incident. During the investigation, a “shake and bake” methamphetamine lab was discovered in the home. 

The lab was located in the master bedroom and contained the necessary items to manufacture the illicit drug.

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