Friday, April 22, 2011

Sheriff: Meth lab found in Lacey’s Spring

By Tiffeny Owens, Decatur Daily

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department took four people into custody Thursday night after finding a meth lab inside a mobile home, authorities said.
A search warrant was executed at the home on Arvida Drive in Sherbrook Trailer Park at 7:30 p.m., said Steven Ziaja, an Alabama Beverage Control Board agent. Authorities found the residents, Katherine Kmetz and Jerimy Jenkins, inside along with a meth lab, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, he said.
“Six pit bulls were roaming around so we have to get animal control to come out to the scene so we could get in,” Ziaja said.
The sheriff’s department launched its investigation after receiving complaints from other residents. Then authorities conducted an undercover operation at the home which allowed them to secure the search warrant, he said.
Kmetz was charged with first-degree manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jenkins was charged with first-degree manufacture of a controlled substance.
Authorities also arrested a man and woman inside the home and charged them each with loitering in a drug house, he said.
All four were in the Morgan County Jail Friday morning, corrections officers said. No bail had been set for Kmetz or Jenkins, and the two others were being held on $300 bail each.
“This is the second time we’ve busted Kmetz for making meth at the same house,” Ziaja said. “The lab looked like a combination of the red phosphorus method and the shake-and-bake method for cooking meth.”
Decatur police and the ABC Board assisted the sheriff’s department in the investigation.

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