Expectant mother charged in meth bust
by James Phillips
Aug 27, 2011 | 7369 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — Police Chief T.J. Burnett said a busy week, which included several arrests, was business as usual for members of the Sumiton Police Department.

Burnett said the most disturbing arrest of the week happened Wednesday when an active meth lab was found inside the home of a pregnant mother of two.

Chris Daugherty, an officer with SPD, responded to a home on Rouse Road in Sumiton after a confidential informant told police about a possible meth lab at the location. Daugherty was given consent to search the home and smelled a strong odor that led him to believe there could be an active meth lab inside the home.

Daugherty said he found a one-pot (shake-and-bake) meth lab in a back bedroom. Also in the room, Daugherty found several chemicals associated with meth labs, 193 grams of liquid that tested positive for methamphetamines, 1.4 grams of white methamphetamine powder, 3.6 grams of marijuana, two hand guns and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Dana Jean Aldridge, a 32-year-old expectant mother, was taken into custody and is being held on six felony counts. Burnett said the Department of Human Resources was called to the scene because Aldridge had two children who were in the home and exposed to the chemical fumes. Burnett said the children were released into the custody of a family member.

“It’s sad that a mother would have that kind of stuff around her children,” Burnett said.

In other reported arrests by the Sumiton Police Department:

•Burnett said Sumiton police, along with ABC enforcement agents, executed a search warrant on Thursday at a home on Hill Road in Empire. The warrant was the culmination of an investigation by Daugherty and ABC concerning the sale of cocaine by an Empire man.

David Jerome Kidd was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers recovered 34 grams of crack cocaine, 12 grams of marijuana, cookware with cocaine residue, digital scales and cash from Kidd’s home.

• Aaron Wesley Autrey, 35, of Sumiton had only been released from prison for a few days before being arrested on failure to appear warrants by Sumiton police Tuesday, Burnett said. Autrey has also been charged with a burglary in Dora and could face several more felony charges in Dora due to several break-in and theft attempts.

• Trudie Ann Bunt, 46, of Sumiton was also recently arrested for attempting to sell Lortab pain pills to police. She was charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and had 138 Lortabs in her possession when she was arrested, Burnett said.

“This may seem like a lot for a week, but it shows our officers are doing a good job of being proactive,” Burnett said. “They are out there, on the roads, checking what they are supposed to and that leads to arrests before something serious happens.”