5 arrested in meth lab bust
by Elane Jones
Sep 04, 2013 | 4758 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Evidence found inside the trunk of a vehicle parked next to a camper in a mobile home park on Alabama 269 South near Parrish resulted in the arrests of five people on multiple drug charges. Photo courtesy of the Walker County Sheriff’s Department
Evidence found inside the trunk of a vehicle parked next to a camper in a mobile home park on Alabama 269 South near Parrish resulted in the arrests of five people on multiple drug charges. Photo courtesy of the Walker County Sheriff’s Department
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Five people were taken into custody last Friday night when sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about illegal drug activity being conducted in a mobile home park in Parrish.

Walker County Sheriff’s Investigator Chuck Tidwell said the two men and three women were taken into custody on multiple drug charges after a methamphetamine lab was found inside a vehicle parked at the Ace Mobile Home Park off Alabama Highway 269 South.

Those arrested, and the charges they are facing, were:

•Roy Leon Denny, 47, of 4301 Highway 269 Lot 10A in Jasper, has been charged with first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree promoting prison contraband.

•James Melvin Laseter, 29, of Pinson, has been charged with first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Diana Carol Blell, 49, of Jasper, has been charged with first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Essie Lynn Sanford, 42, of Oakman, has been charged with first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Tracy Lynn Madison Meadows, 37, of Townley, has been charged with first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

“The Parrish Police Department contacted the sheriff’s office late Friday night after they received a call from a concerned citizen who said two people were sitting inside a vehicle at the mobile home park cooking meth,” Tidwell said. “Deputy Ray Capps arrived on the scene a little before I did, but the people who were reportedly sitting inside the vehicle had already gone inside one of the campers in the park.”

Tidwell said several children, who apparently lived in the park, were playing nearby and deputies asked the children if they saw anybody in the vehicle or knew who owned it, and one of the children pointed to a camper sitting next to the vehicle.

“One of the kids pointed to the camper trailer sitting at Lot 10A, and when we walked by the car, you could smell a strong odor coming from it,” Tidwell said. “We knocked on the door of the camper and could hear someone scurrying around. Then, we heard the toilet flush.”

Deputies found a one-pot meth lab inside a bag in the trunk of the car and various other drugs and drug paraphernalia inside the camper.

Tidwell said deputies had the children and other residents living near the camper to move away from the area as far as possible until the scene could be secured and deputies could remove all the dangerous chemicals used in the lab.

“We discovered a one-pot meth lab in the trunk of the car that was in the process of cooking off, along with various other items used in manufacturing meth,” Tidwell said. “These folks apparently did not care one bit about all the other people, especially the innocent children they were putting in danger just so they could get high on drugs.”

Tidwell said all five remain in the Walker County Jail awaiting bonds to be set.

“Denny was already on probation for theft of property, which I’m pretty sure will probably be revoked now,” Tidwell said.

“I just want to thank the concerned citizen who called in the tip and those very smart kids at the trailer park who answered our questions and helped us get these folks and those drugs off the streets.”