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Former 'Businessman of the Year' accused of making meth

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John Timothy Stringfellow (Photo source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.) John Timothy Stringfellow (Photo source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

A man once lauded for the home building business he ran is now accused of running a meth lab from his home.

John Timothy Stringfellow, 47, was arrested Wednesday after Narcotics Task Force agents said they found an active meth lab at his home in Gautier. It's a home he shares with two boys and his 73-year-old mother.

The former "Mississippi Businessman of the Year" is charged with possession of and manufacturing meth, as well as generation of hazardous waste. A hazmat team had to be called in to the Pointe Clear Subdivision to remove the lab.

The suspect's two boys, ages 8 and 10, were taken into custody by the state Department of Human Services.

Stringfellow is the former owner of Precision Homecrafters in Vancleave, and has a string of previous meth-related charges and convictions. Officials said he was first arrested in August 2005 for possession of meth, and then again in December 2006 on a manufacturing meth offense at his then-Vancleave home.

When he was arrested Wednesday, Stringfellow was out of jail on bail in connection to a meth-related charge from last year. That bail is expected to be revoked at his initial hearing.

If convicted, each of the three charges against Stringfellow carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Thursday night he was being held at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center pending an initial court appearance.

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