Lauderdale County Fugitive Apprehended

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Authorities have apprehended Jason Busby. Authorities say he fled a meth lab early September, and the search has been on for him ever since.

The suspect was recovered early Saturday morning at a residence on George Road just across the Newton County line. However, authorities say the incident was anything but easy.

When authorities arrived at the scene, the suspect was spotted inside the residence, but he immediately hid. Authorities had to force entry, however, when they made it inside Busby was hiding in the attic. When it was all over, authorities were forced to use tear gas to draw the suspect down. Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun says the suspect even fought arrest.

"This individual had gone to great lengths to be sure that he was not apprehended. He had an escape plan that we were aware of, in addition to that, he had a back up plan which was the attic that he ultimately had to go to because the house was surrounded. He was a very determined individual he decided he did not want to be apprehended and he resisted until he had no other course of action because he had to physically be restrained and placed into cuffs and taken into custody," said Calhoun.

Busby is being held at the Lauderdale County Detention center on a $20,000 bond and is charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Calhoun says more charges could come later.

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