Drug Task Force makes more arrests in Northeast Alabama
FORT PAYNE, AL. (WRCB) -- Law enforcement officials in Northeast Alabama have been extremely busy over the past week, shutting down four meth labs and taking 18 people into custody in a serious of drug-related arrests and raids.
On March 6, Deputy Jeffrey Bain made a traffic stop in Fort Payne, assisted by Fort Payne Police Officers. Upon approaching the vehicle, which was occupied by two subjects, Deputy Bain observed in plain view a large marijuana pipe in the back seat.
A subsequent search revealed a black duffel back containing an inactive one‐pot methamphetamine lab, as well as items used in meth manufacture. Deputy Bain notified the Drug Task Force Agent on call, who responded to the scene.
The subjects, identified as James Christopher Schrader, age 32, and Michael Shane Griffin, age 38, both of Fort Payne, were arrested and charged with Unlawful Manufacture of controlled Substance 2nd Degree, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both subjects remain in jail at this time, Schrader on $25,500 and Griffin on $39,000 total bonds.
In an unrelated incident, in the early morning hours of March 7, Deputy Sethe Greene was patrolling south DeKalb on Alabama Highway 227 due to an increased number of burglary reports originating from that area. Deputy Greene stopped a silver Dodge truck, and following initial investigation and receiving consent to search, all three subjects inside were found to be in possession of methamphetamine.
Task Force Agents were contacted, and the three individuals, identified as Amber Marie Riley, 27, of Crossville, Ryan Franklin Pratt, 28, of Attalla, and Maurice Solomon Stanton, 33, of Collinsville, were charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful possession of Prohibited Beverage. The subjects were transported to the DeKalb County Detention Center. All had been released, each on $9,000 total bond, by then end of the day (March 7).
This makes a total of 4 meth labs seized and 18 individuals arrested on drug‐related charges in five days (March 3 – March 7, 2012).