Empire man arrested on meth charges
by James Phillips
Jul 21, 2011 | 6729 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An Empire man was recently arrested at his home when a Walker County Sheriff’s Office deputy noticed a strong odor coming from the residence.

Anthony Kyle Beasley, 21, was arrested and charged with second-degree unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance after police found finished meth product and components for a meth lab inside his home.

Adam Hadder, assistant director of the Walker County Narcotics Enforcement Team, said Deputy Jim Browne was patrolling Coon Creek Road around 12:20 a.m. on July 11 when he noticed a strong odor coming from one home.

“There was a guy on the porch and he quickly went inside the home when he saw the officer,” Hadder said.

Browne, who Hadder said has had specialized training in meth labs, went to the front door of the home and immediately realized the odor was the result of someone manufacturing methamphetamine.

“He said the odor was extremely strong and he thought there could be an active lab inside,” Hadder said.

Beasley came to the door when Browne knocked and allowed the deputy and NET officer Steve Smith, who had been called to the scene, to search the home. Hadder said the officers found an inactive meth lab, five grams of finished meth product and several components used in making meth labs.

“Luckily the lab wasn’t active, but even an inactive lab can have an odor that lingers for hours, which was what Deputy Browne noticed as he was patrolling the area,” Hadder said.

Meth production continues to be one of the top drug problems in Walker County, Hadder said.

“Labs are more clandestine than in the past,” he said. “People are trying to go farther into the woods or in areas with less population to produce meth. We don’t get as many calls from neighborhoods as we have in the past, but the amount of meth being produced here is still a major problem.”

A bill, which wasn’t passed in the Alabama Legislature this year, would have made psuedoephedrine, a main component in methamphetamine, only available with a prescription.

Hadder said the bill would help law enforcement in the fight against meth and urged citizens to contact their legislators about the issue.

“It didn’t happen this year, but people should contact their representatives and senators to voice support for the bill,” Hadder said. “Feedback from voters could go a long way in getting the law passed.”