Seven arrests made, two meth labs discovered in under 30 hours
DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WRCB) -- It was a very productive weekend for law enforcement officials in Northeast Alabama where seven people were taken into custody on a variety of drug possession and meth manufacturing charges in separate incidents.
Saturday evening at approximately 8:00 p.m., Dekalb County Drug Task Force Agents responded to a residence at County Road 241 in the Ider area. Ider Police Officer Coy Blackwood had notified agents that he had been to this residence, which was that of Alvin Childers, and found an active meth lab.
Agents responded to the scene where they did find an active one-pot meth lab, as well as several items used in manufacture of methamphetamine. Shannon Denise Franks, 42, of Ider, James Patrick Lancaster, 34, of Ider, and Alvin Lamar Childers, 45, of Henagar, were all at the residence at the time.
Following further investigation, all three individuals were charged with Manufacturing 2nd Degree, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Lancaster was additionally charged with Promoting Prison Contraband after he came into the jail with additional methamphetamine hidden inside his wallet.
All three individuals remain in jail at this time: Lancaster on a bond of $46,500; Childers on a bond of $39,000; and Franks without bond set yet.
Around 11:00 p.m. that night, in an unrelated incident, Drug Task Force Agents and Sheriff's Deputies were observing traffic at the Kilpatrick Quick-Mart, when they noticed a vehicle with a homemade headlight attached to it.
When deputies approached the driver, the passenger jumped out of the car and came running around toward the deputy on the driver's side. Shortly thereafter Deputy Jeffrey Bain found a cigarette pack that had been placed on the front bumper of the vehicle right where the passenger, who was identified as Anthony Andrews, had run by.
Further investigation revealed that Andrews was in possession of methamphetamine and coffee filters (which are commonly used in the use of meth). Andrews, 19, of Rainsville, was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He remains in jail on $9,000 bond at this time.
On the following day, March 4, in another unrelated incident, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Fort Payne Police Department Officer Matt Wilson stopped Joshua Matthew McCrary, 27, of Rainsville, for a traffic violation.
As a result of that stop and receiving McCrary's consent to search the vehicle, a small container with red phosphorous (a meth-making agent) inside was found in the vehicle. McCrary further consented to the search of a cabin in the Mentone area that he had rented. Upon Officer Wilson and other Task Force Agents' arrival at the cabin, they found Crystal Elizabeth Cuzzort and Stacy Davis Lang.
Cuzzort was in possession of meth and drug paraphernalia, for which she was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance & Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Lang was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Further checking around the cabin revealed a large amount (just under a pound) of marijuana, 2 handguns, and a long rifle. In a vehicle outside the cabin was an inactive red phosphorous meth lab. They also found a large Tupperware container holding approximately 1,000 Viagra pills. McCrary was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance & Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Lang bonded out later that night on $1,500 bond. Cuzzort remains in jail on $9,000 bond. McCrary was out on bond on previous drug charges, and that bond is in the process of being revoked. He will likely not have a bond set on the present charges.
Sheriff Harris said, "I appreciate the hard work the men on the Task Force are doing, and we want the community to know that we will continue working as hard as possible to remove meth and other unlawful controlled substances from our areas. We always welcome tips and information from our citizens."
If you have information related to drug activity in the Dekalb County are, you are asked to please contact the Sheriff's Office at (256) 845-3801.