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Active meth lab found during traffic stop

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - A Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy got a suprise after searching a car during a traffic stop--an active meth lab. At 12:30 a.m. this morning, the deputy stopped Joseph Wayne Cook, 41 of Gardendale, for unsafe lane change in the 2700 block of Pinson Valley Parkway.

As the deputy spoke with Cook, he suspected that the Gardendale man may have been under the influence of an unknown substance. The deputy asked Cook to step out of the car to complete a series of field sobriety tests.

For safety reasons, the deputy performed a weapons pat down and discovered a knife in Cook's pocket. According to the sheriff's office, when the deputy removed the knife, Cook became agitated and struck the deputy.

Cook was then arrested and handcuffed. After searching Cook's car the deputy and others from the Narcotics Unit discovered syringes, methamphetamine and the active meth lab.

Cook has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He bonds total $224,000.

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