5 charged after meth lab found in Argo home
by ELANE JONES
Apr 16, 2013 | 8767 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Law enforcement authorities announced Monday that five people were taken into custody Friday night when a methamphetamine lab was discovered at a residence in the Argo community in Walker County.

Walker County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Chuck Tidwell said the following individuals were arrested Friday around 9:30 p.m. at a residence located at 877 Mountain View Road in Argo:

•Dustin Ambrose Bonham, 23, of 150 Old Clear Creek Road, Jasper.

•Edward Eugene Smith III, 23, of 664 Macedona Loop, Jasper.

•Austin Grant Hall, 19, of 3279 Smith Lake Dam Road, Jasper.

•Rebekah Leeann Black, 24, 309 Grey Road, Jasper.

•Crystal Marie Joiner, 28, 877 Mountain View Road, Cordova.

All five have been charged with first-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking methamphetamine

Tidwell said the Sheriff’s Office received an unanimous phone call Friday evening regarding a strange odor coming from the area where these individuals were arrested.

“Several of our patrol deputies, Ray Capps, Alfred Grace and Josh Edwards and myself responded to the call, when we got there we checked out the area and decided to stop at a residence familiar to us, because we have been there before, and do what we call a ‘knock and talk,” Tidwell said. “We got there we could smell a strange odor coming from what we thought was inside the residence, but we couldn’t be sure, because they had a burn pile in the backyard that was still smoldering. We started talking with Ms. Joiner, who was the person actually living in the house, and at first she told us there was no one there, but two other people came stumbling out and she gave us consent to search.”

Tidwell said when they entered the residence they discovered two other people inside and numerous components used in the making of methamphetamine as well as a variety of other drug paraphernalia scattered throughout the house.

“We also discovered a working lab inside a closet in one of the bedrooms. We also found needles, bongs, pills, you name it, laying all over the place,” Tidwell said. “But no one wanted to lay claim to any of the stuff, so we took everyone to jail.”

Tidwell said some of the individuals arrested Friday night were repeat offenders, including Joiner, who was reportedly arrested in 2012 on the similar charges.