Nine arrested on drug charges
by Chris Norwood
Feb 08, 2014 | 12420 views |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force has arrested nine people on various charges involving methamphetamine, including five who were arrested at a residence in Childersburg.

The house on Lakeside Drive in Childersburg was occupied by Ginger Michelle Thacker, 25, and Danelle Leigh Green, 20, who were both charged with manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, according to Task Force Commander Jason Murray.

Although they did not live there, Charles Claude Oden, 20; Elizabeth Lippincott Mayo, 36; and Amanda Ashley Hardy, 28; were also arrested at the Lakeside Drive residence on similar charges. Mayo was also charged with two counts of failure to appear in municipal court.

Murray said the house was less than 500 feet from another occupied residence and there was finished product, which were the aggravating circumstances necessary for a manufacture in the first degree count.

Bond for each of the five was set at $100,000 by Talladega County District Judge Jeb Fannin.

The next two arrests were of Robert Keith Catchings, 53, and Ginger Lynn Crawford, 35, both of Sylacauga. Murray said they were pulled over as part of a routine traffic stop by Sylacauga police, who found meth lab components inside the vehicle.

Both were charged with manufacture of a controlled substance in the second degree and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Murray said this was Catchings’ second or third felony arrest.

Fannin set Catchings’ bond at $100,000 and Crawford’s at $40,000.

Murray said that Emile Joseph Lochbaum III, 43, was arrested for paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine in Plantation Mobile Home Park in Lincoln. His bond was set at $5,000.

The last arrest was Jeremy Shaddix, also for paraphernalia and methamphetamine, this time on Cemetery Mountain in Talladega. Shaddix’s bond was also set at $5,000.

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. Manufacture in the second degree is a Class B felony, punishable by two to 20 years in prison.

Felony possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class C felony, punishable by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.

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