CHIPLEY -- A Chipley Police Department officer stopped a suspicious vehicle attempting to leave the Wal-Mart parking lot Christmas Eve, and found much more than last-minute Christmas gifts.
The Washington County Drug Task Force reported it arrested two people fol- lowing a Friday traffic stop that ended in the discovery of a mobile methampheta- mine lab, according to a news relrese from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
The Chipley police officer immediately contacted investigators and canine officers with the Washington County Drug Task Force, who responded to the crowded parking lot.
The canine alerted on the vehicle, and a search revealed an operational meth lab and a controlled substance, Xanax. A young child was in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop.
Shawn Edward Rolen, 31, of Chipley, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacturing methamphetamine. Summer Lynn Rolen, 30, of Prattville, Ala., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance.
“These adults willingly placed this child in an exceptionally dangerous situation,” Sheriff Bobby Haddock said in the release.
“And as well are all too aware, these types of cases do not always end this well.”
The news release did not state the age of the child, or what happened to the child after the adults were taken into custody.