Car chase leads authorities to mobile meth lab

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A car chase lead authorities to a mobile meth lab. Officers ended up arresting one man, but another man is still on the loose. The chase ended in Van Zandt County, near County Road 2436 and FM 47, southwest of Canton. Authorities found a trunk load of household chemicals they say fit the makings of a meth lab.

It all started early Thursday afternoon when a sheriff's lieutenant was driving around and spotted a car that fit a suspicious vehicle description. When Lieutenant Cody Grubb recognized the Toyota, he turned on his lights and the car took off. After a short chase, the car drove off the road. Both the driver and passenger fled on foot, but lieutenant Grubb was able to arrest the driver. A quick inspection of the car resulted in the recovery of several weapons and a trunk load of all the various ingredients used to make methamphetamine.

The driver of the car, identified as Raymond Valenzuela, is in the Van Zandt County Jail, facing felony charges of evading arrest and drug manufacturing along with possession of illegal firearms. The passenger, who is still loose, is identified as Jacob Smith. So far, the search for Smith hasn't turned anything up, but authorities say they will continue their investigation.

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