A citizen alerted police to an active meth lab Wednesday at 11:25 a.m. at 181 Johnson Acres. Police responded and called in the Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, and two active “shake-and-bake” labs were found.
Joseph Nelson Lett Jr., 49, was arrested, and Wesson said another suspect got away on foot and is being sought.
“The DTF agents disabled the labs. They’re very good at what they do,” Wesson said.
During the raid, officer Tony Tomlin inhaled fumes from the meth lab. He was transported to Coosa Valley Medical Center, where he was admitted, treated and released, Wesson said.
According to Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force Commander Jason Murray, Lett was charged with manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, specifically Klonopin.
The task force also made other felony arrests this week, including Vince Edward Williams Jr., 21 and Rashad Khawd Najiy, 25, for distribution of a controlled substance.
Murray said the two men sold marijuana to an informant at the Valero station on Alabama 21 and County Line Road.
The task force also arrested Tracy Lynn Hill, 39, for possession of a controlled substance.
Murray said that Hill was pulled over by Sylacauga police as part of a routine traffic stop. She had methamphetamine in her purse, Murray said.
Manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree is a Class A felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by 10 to 99 years or life in prison.
Distribution of a controlled substance is a Class B felony, punishable upon conviction by two to 20 years in prison.
Possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia are both Class C felonies, punishable by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.