4 arrested after meth labs found in east Walker
by James Phillips
Aug 28, 2012 | 7554 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While trying to locate a Sumiton man wanted for several outstanding warrants, deputies with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office encountered two active meth labs, leading to several more charges against the man. Three others were also arrested on drug charges during the search.

Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said deputies located Joshua Clay Thomas, 29, Friday at a residence inside a mobile home park on Alan Ridge Road in Sumiton. While taking Thomas into custody, sheriff’s office deputies and officers from the Sumiton Police Department discovered two meth labs, several pieces of drug paraphernalia and an undetermined amount of finished meth product.

Thomas was charged with probation violation on two counts of first-degree robbery, and he received charges on warrants for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree attempted assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, attempting to elude, expired tag and improper equipment. Thomas is also facing new charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Three other people found at the home are also facing charges. Benjamin Scott Guthrie, 26, Brandy Nicole Martin, 30, and Sara Francis Humphries, 24, have all been charged with trafficking, first-degree manufacturing, possession and drug paraphernalia.

“Our deputies and officers with the Sumiton Police Department did an outstanding job on this incident,” Tirey said. “We continue to actively fight drugs in our county, and we appreciate the help we receive from other law enforcement agencies around the county.”