Deputies arrest 2 in JeffCo meth lab bust

Deputies arrest 2 in JeffCo meth lab bust

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Courtney Allan Norwood. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Courtney Allan Norwood. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Jennifer Phillips. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Jennifer Phillips. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Deputies arrested a man and woman on drug charges after they found an active meth lab in a west Jefferson County home.

Dora police officers originally sought the male suspect after he allegedly assaulted an officer from their department and led them on a chase on Dec. 26.

The suspect managed to elude law enforcement after he abandoned his vehicle, which turned out to be stolen, and ran away on foot.

However, surveillance video from a convenience store captured the suspect's image, and Jefferson County deputies helped identify him as Courtney Allan Norwood, a 33-year-old from west Jefferson County. Deputies recognized Norwood from previous arrests and gave his information to Dora Police, Chief Deputy Randy Christian said.

On Dec. 27, Dora police obtained multiple warrants against Norwood and determined his location. Dora officers asked the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department to help them serve the warrants at a home in the 4700 block of Watkins Road, an area south of Quinton.

Deputies went to the residence and found Norwood in a bedroom. Christian said he tried to get away, but was detained. Deputies found an active meth lab in one room of the house and methamphetamine in the bathroom.

The female suspect, Jennifer Phillips, was inside the home at the time of Norwood's arrest. Investigators found a syringe of Roxycodone in her possession and arrested her on drug charges.

Norwood faces charges of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. He's being held in the Walker County Jail on a $140,000 bond and will be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail.

Jennifer Phillips, a 26-year-old from Dora, has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is set at $21,000.

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