NORTH OGDEN -- James William Towery, 30, is behind bars two months after police say he cooked methamphetamine behind a Smith's Marketplace.
On Jan. 19, police say, a North Ogden officer checked the area near a canal behind Smith's at 2560 N. 400 East and found what he suspected were the remains of a methamphetamine lab.
On March 8, the 2nd District Court issued a warrant for Towery on a first-degree felony count for a clandestine drug lab violation and five second-degree felony counts of obtaining precursors with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance.
Utah Transit Authority police found Towery in the Salt Lake City area on Wednesday and turned him over to North Ogden police.
He was booked into Weber County Jail.
Police suspected Towery was involved in the purchase or theft of pseudoephedrine medication, ingredients for methamphetamine, from pharmacies throughout Weber County.
Towery admitted he used a new technique known as the "shake and bake" method to make methamphetamine, according to the North Ogden Police Department.
The "shake and bake" method is a new trend in which people can make less than an ounce of methamphetamine in a container, such as 2-liter bottle, rather than in a full-blown lab.
Police say Towery also admitted he used the area along the canal behind the Smith's to make methamphetamine so he could conceal his activity from public view.