Sgt. Chuck Tidwell, an investigator with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, said Krysta Nicole Horton, 19, of 4888 Old Birmingham Highway in Jasper, Christopher Eric Lunday, 34, of 9 Meadows View Drive and Alexander Keith Mann, 19, of 307 Liberty Road, were taken into custody around 8 p.m. Friday at Mann’s home.
Mann, Lunday and Horton were each charged with trafficking, first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lunday also faces charges for failing to appear in court on a previous drug charge for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tidwell said Deputy Ray Capps received information that a subject wanted by the sheriff’s office was at a home on Liberty Road where illegal drug activity was taking place.
“The subject was Mr. Lunday, and he was wanted by the sheriff’s office on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a previous drug charge,” Tidwell said. “The person who gave Deputy Capps the information said there was a meth lab being operated inside the residence.”
Tidwell said when Capps and a reserve deputy arrived on the scene, they noticed a strong odor coming from the residence.
“Two elderly men reportedly owned the residence, and one of them stepped out of the house just as Capps and the reserve deputy reached the porch,” Tidwell said. “They asked him if Mr. Lundy was inside and he told them yes, and then gave them permission to enter the residence.”
Tidwell said Capps and the reserve deputy reportedly discovered Lunday, Mann and Horton in a back bedroom, along with a one-pot methamphetamine lab, which was reportedly in the process of being cooked off, and other drug paraphernalia and marijuana.
“No charges were filed against the two elderly gentlemen, but they were advised to seek medical treatment due to the dangerous chemicals that were allegedly being used inside their residence to make methamphetamine,” Tidwell said.