Four facing meth-related charges
by James Phillips
Feb 05, 2012 | 5899 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Four area residents were arrested Friday night after the odor from an active methamphetamine lab prompted citizens to call Jasper police.

Allen Wade Ratliff, Christopher Ray Hassell, William Zachary Walden and Dominique LaShae Jones were charged with trafficking meth and first-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance after police found one active lab and two dormant labs inside the west Jasper home where they were making the drug. Ratliff was also charged with a felony obstruction of justice charge for giving false information to police.

Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe said calls from residents complaining about a strong odor led police to the general area where the suspects were located.

“There was such a stench from the active lab that it could be smelled over a large area,” she said.

Lt. Justin Tidwell, night shift supervisor at JPD, said Sgt. Jeremy Owens was the first officer to the location.

“He was able to pinpoint the source area and made contact with the four individuals who were arrested,” Tidwell said.

Jasper officers Jonathan Crider, Chuck Henderson, Greg Brown, Joey Darty, Richard Hobbs and Mike Butcher also responded to the scene, while Sgt. Mitchell Jones and Sgt. David Mize assisted in the cleanup and removal of the meth labs.

“I’m very pleased at how our patrol division is handling cases like this that formerly were handled by specialized units,” Rowe said. “Most of our evening shift were out there Friday night. Many of those officers have experience with narcotics cases, but an arrest like this is also a good learning experience for newer officers.”