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Pursuit leads to meth arrest


Randy Dale Brownlee, left, and Edward Jackson Swedenburg

Randy Dale Brownlee, left, and Edward Jackson Swedenburg



Sarah Fowler



Two men were arrested Thursday and charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamine after they fled from law enforcement. 


Edward Jackson Swedenburg, 52, of Ethelsville, Alabama, and Randy Dale Brownlee, 47, of Columbus, were driving on Highway 69 South on Thursday night when agents with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department's Narcotic's Division attempted to stop the vehicle they were in. 


Swedenburg, who was driving the Geo Prism, led officers on a three-mile chase into Alabama before stopping, according to a press release from the narcotic's division. 


After a search of the vehicle, Swedenburg and Brownlee were arrested on scene. 


Swedenburg was arrested and charged with felony possession of precursors, felony possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor traffic violation. 


Brownlee was also arrested and charged with felony possession or sale of precursors and possession of methamphetamine. He was also charged with violation of probation. 


As of press time Saturday, bond had not been set for either.


Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.



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