HAMILTON – Two Monroe County men were arrested for manufacturing crystal meth and will be held in custody because they are ineligible to post bond due to earlier convictions. One had been released on meth charges less than two weeks prior to this current arrest.
According to Monroe County Sheriff Andy Hood, on Monday, May 11, the Sheriff’s Department, along with officers from the Ms. Dept of Corrections, went to 40372 Stovall Crossing Road in Hamilton to visit an MDOC probationer, 31-year-old Justin Bell, at his residence.
When officers arrived, Bell and Ricky Otts, 32, of 50314 Athens Quincy Road, Aberdeen, ran out the back of the home allegedly with a working meth lab in a backpack. Agents from the North Mississippi Narcotics Unit were called in and located precursors and items used to manufacture crystal methamphetamine at the home.
Bell was charged with possession of precursors with intent to manufacture.
Bond was set at $15,000 by Judge Robert Fowlkes. Dept. of Corrections has a probation violation hold on Bell which makes him ineligible to bond out.
Otts was charged with possession of precursors with intent to manufacture.
On Dec. 24, 2008, Otts was arrested and charged with meth-related offenses He was arrested again on March 24, 2009 with meth-related offenses and was just released on April 28, 2009. Monroe County Justice Court Judge Robert Fowlkes did not set bond on Otts due to violation of his previous felony bonds.