UPDATE: A six-month investigation into a meth lab in Lafayette has landed a woman behind bars.

Agents with the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force said Angela Hughes was behind the drug operation.

“This is a rather lengthy investigation for drug task force standards,” said Commander Patrick Doyle.

Eighteen guns, $120,000 worth of crystal meth and cash. This was the evidence Doyle and his team found Friday morning. Doyle said they received tips six months ago that Hughes was selling meth out of her home on Morning Side Drive.

“There were a lot of signs there from a lot of different people and they saw strange things, noticed strange things and yet they didn't react to them,” Doyle added.

Doyle said his team later discovered Hughes was in charge of a conversion lab that was operating from inside a storage unit at LRI Mini Warehouses, which is about four miles from Hughes' home where the meth was being sold.

“They were getting large amounts of meth in a liquid state shipped to this area and from that, they were converting the liquid state meth into ICE or crystal meth,” Doyle explained.

Doyle said employees at the storage facility were not aware this was happening under their roof. We reached out to the business for comment but have not heard back.

Doyle said no one was contaminated by the meth, but the community's safety is still a concern.

“A conversion lab is still considered a meth lab and there will have to be a level of decontamination in the storage unit before it can be re-rented,” Doyle said.

Though the operation is shut down, Doyle said the investigation is far from over. He said Hughes did not act alone and expects to make more arrests soon

“Those guys know we're coming for them,” Doyle said. “This is a very serious situation, and we were able to take care of it, and we're going to continue looking into it. We've got a lot more work to go on this one.”

Doyle said the storage unit where the conversion lab was will remain shut down until it can be cleaned by hazmat crews.

Hughes is in custody at the Walker County Jail. She is being charged with trafficking and manufacturing meth and possession of firearm during the commission of a crime.


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Pat Doyle, commander of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Drug Task Force, says a warrant was served around 8:30 a.m. at a home on Morning Side Drive.

Commander Doyle says cash, guns, gambling machines and a large amount of meth was found in the home, along with other luxury items.

Doyle says Angela Michelle Hughes was arrested as a result. She is waiting to be booked at the Walker County jail.

Commander Doyle says the investigation has taken several months and a second warrant is expected to be served at another location in the near future.

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