Nine arrests in Empire on meth charges
by James Phillips
Feb 21, 2011 | 8536 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two incidents in Empire on Valentine’s Day led to nine area residents facing meth charges.

Chuck Tidwell, an officer with the Walker County Narcotics Enforcement Team, said investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office contacted NET officers around 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 after they followed two armed robbery suspects to a home on Bagwell Road in Empire where several 1-pot (shake and bake) meth labs were found.

“Jefferson County police followed two suspects to this home, but when they got there, they found a father and son making meth in a vehicle outside the residence,” Tidwell said.

The father and son were 45-year-old Robert Dale Davis and 19-year-old Robert Dale Davis Jr. Both men were arrested and charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

After finding the father and son with an active meth lab, police searched the home and found another active meth lab as well as two other old meth labs just outside a back window, Tidwell said.

Steven Ray Levan, 47, and Natalie Ann Marlin, 47, both of Empire, were also arrested and charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tidwell said they are also under investigation by Jefferson County police and considered suspects in an armed robbery at a Jefferson County convenience store.

Later that evening, Phillip Williams, a deputy with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, detected a strong odor while patrolling Coon Creek Road in Empire.

After recognizing the odor as methamphetamine, Williams contacted members of Walker County NET who responded to the scene.

Tidwell said officers found a two-liter active meth lab at the residence as well as components to make meth.

Kirk William Capps, 47; Ruby Neil Reeves, 44; Joseph Dee Moncrief, 24; Sandra Green Ary, 45, all of Empire; and Meshell Green, 40, of Dora were all arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

A 12-year-old juvenile was also at the residence and was released into the custody of a grandparent. Tidwell said the five adults are also facing charges of chemical endangerment of a child.

Tidwell said the number of meth labs being seen by NET officers is up by more than 50 percent compared to the first two months of 2010. Since Jan. 1, Tidwell said DEA cleanup crews have been called in for at least 20 meth labs.

“We are seeing a lot of labs right now, and we expect the numbers to continue to grow as the weather gets warmer,” Tidwell said. “It seems like the pretty weather has people stirring more, including meth makers who are getting back at it.”

Other meth-related arrests in recent days include:

• Gregory Dion Moon, 57, of Nauvoo, who was arrested on Feb. 2 and charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

• William Howard Laird, 53, of Jasper, who was arrested last week and charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.