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Two Men Arrested For Active Meth Lab, Weapons In Madison County

By: Madison County Sheriff's Office Email
By: Madison County Sheriff's Office Email

News Release: Madison County Sheriff's Office

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Tuesday night December 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm deputies of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence located at 823 NW Hickory Road to investigate a complaint of loud music. Upon arrival deputies went to the front and rear of the residence. As deputies knocked on the front door a black male later identified as Artavious Rashod Gatlin of Quitman, GA was observed exiting the back door of the residence holding what appeared to be specific items used to manufacture Methamphetamine.

Deputies identified themselves and ordered Gatlin to stop however Gatlin ignored the command and fled back into the residence. Deputies immediately pursued Gatlin inside the residence and detected a strong chemical odor that the deputies recognized as the odor Methamphetamine produces when being cooked.

Deputies located Gatlin in a rear bedroom and another male identified as Steve Allen Vickers Jr of Madison in the living room. Deputies also observed an active Meth lab and several weapons including a “sawed off” shotgun in plain sight. Deputies evacuated the residence and placed both Gatlin and Vickers under arrest.

Madison County Drug Task Force investigators responded to the scene and assumed control of the investigation. Agents of the Lake City Police Department that are certified in Meth Lab dismantling and removal assisted with the destruction and cleanup of the lab after all evidence had been collected.

Arrested and charged are the following:

Artavious Rashod Gatlin
05/11/1992
1017 N Jefferson St
Quitman, GA 31643

1. Manufacturing Methamphetamine
2. Possession of Methamphetamine
3. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
4. Possession of Short Barreled Shotgun
5. Possession of Firearm during a Felony
6. Tampering with Evidence

Steve Allen Vickers Jr
05/07/1991
823 NW Hickory Rd
Madison, FL 32340

1. Manufacturing Methamphetamine
2. Possession of Methamphetamine
3. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
4. Possession of Short Barreled Shotgun
5. Possession of a Firearm during a Felony


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