Meth lab shuttered by Sheriff’s Department

Published 12:26 am Friday, September 7, 2012

Selma resident James Brian Bedwell, more casually known as “Booger,” was arrested Monday on five charges, the main one being trafficking methamphetamine.

Sgt. David Odom of the Dallas County Sherriff’s Department arrested Bedwell Monday on the 2700 block of Dallas Ave.

“We’ve had information on him for a while,” Odom said. “He was by himself in a pickup truck behind the Clean Machine over near Winn Dixie.”

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Bedwell was arrested on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Odom said when he pulled Bedwell over, he found 24 Xanax pills, 20 pseudoephedrine pills, marijuana and several syringes. Pseudoephedrine is the active ingredient in meth, which Bedwell was storing in Dr. Pepper cans.

Some of Bedwell’s past arrests include; possession of marijuana, probation violation, disorderly conduct, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and assault.

“He had a revoked drivers license and I knew he had an active warrant in Foley,” Odom said. “So when I saw him, that was my reason for stopping him and it just went from there.”

Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman said he’s been seeing a new form of meth trafficking in Selma, “shake and bake,” which was what Bedwell was doing.

“When we first got involved in meth labs, they were stationary,” Huffman said. “They were at somebody’s home or trailer or whatever. But now it’s easier for them to do so much here and then come over here and do so much and somebody else is doing something different over here and then they all get together and combine everything and it’s ready.”

Huffman said meth trafficking has been a growing problem for several years in Selma.

“I’ve been sheriff 18 years and I know we’ve had a lot of meth-related arrests between the police arresting some and us arresting some and even federal undercover operations have been here and arrested some,” he said.

Bedwell remains in the Dallas County Jail under a $345,500 bond. His court date is set for Oct. 22.