Task force catches man from meth lab raid
by Chris Norwood
Oct 03, 2013 | 2612 views |  0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The man who escaped from a raid on a methamphetamine lab in Childersburg last month has been captured, according to Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force Commander Jason Murray.

Justin Kelly Johns, 34, was charged with unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree, possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

Murray said warrants for Johns’ arrest were entered into the National Criminal Information Center database; he was subsequently arrested by Talladega County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Residents alerted Childersburg police to a possible meth lab at 181 Johnson Acres in September. There were two active “shake and bake” labs inside the residence when police and task force agents arrived.

Joseph Nelson Lett Jr., 49, was arrested at the scene, and charged with the same crimes as Johns. Lett was also charged with an additional count of possession of a controlled substance, specifically Klonopin.

While the raid was being executed, Officer Tony Tomlin had to be briefly hospitalized for inhaling fumes from one of the labs. Both labs were later dismantled without further incident.

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.