MEDINA - The stakeout of meth lab components found in a duffel bag stashed behind an abandoned church near Medina led to the arrests of a Ravenswood man on felony charges Friday night.

A tip led Deputy Mike Strobbe of the Jackson County Sheriffs Department to discover the duffel bag stashed behind an abandoned church off Route 21, north of Medina, Friday. The bag reportedly contained a number of meth lab components and ingredients affording the ability to “cook,” according to investigators.

Detective Ross Mellinger and Deputy Strobbe staked out the duffel bag by hiding inside the abandoned church later Friday evening. They were not in place long after dark before a vehicle arrived and a man approached and retrieved the duffel bag.
When the officers made their presence known, the man refused to comply and tried to flee. K-9 officer Jup was released and apprehended the suspect who was identified as Joshua A. Eggleston, 21, of Ravenswood.

Eggleston was charged with felony operating or attempting operate a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory. He was treated for injuries sustained in the K-9 apprehension, and then lodged in the South Central Regional Jail. He was subsequently arraigned on the felony charge, and remains incarcerated in lieu of $250,000 bond.