Domestic dispute leads to meth arrests in Sumiton
by Chris Yow
Nov 05, 2010 | 6023 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — Sumiton Police Department officers Patrick Ragsdale and Chris Daughtery have been very busy lately cleaning up meth labs in the city.

A domestic dispute Thursday led to the arrests of Andreia Raquel Tucker, 36, and Florencio Almanza, 26, of Sumiton for unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Ragsdale and Daughtery said they arrived on the scene after being called in by the officers responding to the domestic dispute call when drug paraphanelia was spotted inside the home.

Ragsdale said the officers obtained permission to search the premises where they found a total of nine one-pot labs and nine smoke bottles.

Blair Huddleston of the Walker County NET team said there was a burn barrell of product and one gram of finished product in the home.

Walker County DHR was called to the scene to take a child into protective custody.

“There is very good evidence they had been cooking inside the house,” Huddleston said. “There was 272 grams of meth oil pulled from just two of the one-pot labs.”

Last week, Ragsdale and Daughtery arrested five in a meth lab on Scurlock Road in Sumiton. More than 570 grams of meth oil was found in two active labs on a one-acre plot of land.

Two warrants are pending in that case.

Sumiton police chief T.J. Burt said he was happy with his department’s work.

“I want to thank the continuous efforts of Ragsdale, Daughtery and Blair for helping us to counteract the drugs in our area,” he said. “They are making an impact in our town.”