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Alabama theft investigation leads to four drug arrests

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DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WRCB) -- While investigating the theft of a four-wheeler from the Dawson area on Wednesday, investigators of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office ended up arresting four people on a variety of drug-related charges.

When led to a residence on County Road 142 in the New Harmony area, county investigators came across a methamphetamine lab in the home of Gary Neal Martin, 40, and Donna Gail Martin, 47, both of New Harmony.  

The DeKalb County Drug Task Force was notified of findings and, upon their arrival, Drug Task Force agents and county investigators found a total of 8 one-pot methamphetamine labs, a small amount of the finished product, drug paraphernalia and many items typically used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.  

Additionally found were 11 marijuana plants, ranging in size from 1 to 2 feet tall.  

Bobby Lewis Rains, 43, of New Harmony, also present at the Martins' residence, was found in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia which were hidden on his four-wheeler.  

All three suspects were charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Additionally, Gary and Donna Martin were charged with Manufacture of Controlled Substance 2nd degree, and Possession of Marijuana.

While investigators were processing the scene at the Martins' residence, Rains eluded the officers into the woods.  Once the scene and suspects were secured, DeKalb County deputies and Geraldine Police Department officers continued the search for Rains.  

As a result of the search for Rains, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office deputies and investigators were led to another residence on County Road 568 where Renee Stapler, 40, of New Harmony, was also found in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. 

Stapler was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  

DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Drug Task Force agents and the Geraldine Police Department continued to search for Rains into the early morning hours until DeKalb County Lieutenant Alfred Rigstad and a Geraldine police officer found Rains hiding in a bedroom at his home. 

Rains was arrested on warrants for Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Escape 3rd degree, and Theft of Property 3rd degree.

The stolen four-wheeler – the original cause of these 4 drug arrests – was recovered in the Asbury community of Marshall County this morning, thanks to the help Sheriff Scott Walls and his office. 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris said, "It is not uncommon at all for burglary and theft investigations to lead to drug arrests during the course of investigation."

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