Drug Task Force busts 'shake and bake' meth lab in Sylacauga
by CHRIS NORWOOD
Jan 21, 2010 | 15335 views |  5 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This is one of the bottles used to 'shake and bake' the drug, crystal-methamphetamine, that was seized during a raid of meth lab in Sylacauga.
This is one of the bottles used to 'shake and bake' the drug, crystal-methamphetamine, that was seized during a raid of meth lab in Sylacauga.
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SYLACAUGA — The Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force raided a methamphetamine lab in Sylacauga and arrested three adults and a juvenile there, according to Commander Jason Murray.

The residence, at 1754 Odens Mill Road, was occupied by Sonya Kelley Baird, 37, Christopher Paul Cotney, 28, and a 14-year-old boy. Baird and Cotney both had outstanding drug warrants at the time. Barry Eugene Andrews, 41, who Murray described as Baird’s boyfriend, was also present.

“Agents interrupted the occupants during a methamphetamine cook,” Murray said. “Agents seized the residence and received consent to search from Baird. “(They) recovered two shake and bake bottles that were still rolling and another bottle that Baird and Andrews were about to activate. Numerous lab components were in every room of the residence as well as the outside trash and surrounding woods behind the residence.”

Andrews had about half a gram of meth on him at the time of his arrest, and the 14-year-old had about a quarter of a gram.

All four arrestees were charged with unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Baird was out on bond on a previous manufacturing charge at the time. District Judge Ryan Rumsey set her bond in the new case at $150,000, although she is likely to be revoked on the previous bond, Murray said.

Bond for the other two adults was set at $75,000 each. The juvenile was ordered to the Coosa Valley Juvenile Detention Center in Anniston by Rumsey.

Unlawful 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. Possession of a controlled substance is a class C felony, punishable by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.

It was not clear Thursday whether or not the 14-year-old would be certified as an adult for trial purposes. If convicted in juvenile court, he would be labeled delinquent and turned over to the state Department of Youth Services. If tried and convicted as a youthful offender, he could be sent to prison for up to three years.