EXCLUSIVE: Drugs and Explosives Found On Somerville Property

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SOMERVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Morgan County Drug Task Force continues to search hundreds of acres of land in Somerville for what they describe as "a hotbed for criminal activity."  They arrested four people on Wednesday evening.

Several agencies are involved in the investigation, including the Morgan County Sheriff's Office, the FBI, ATF and ABC. 

Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin said agents executed a search warrant at the home of Robert Daniel Keahey, at 985 Bluff City Road in Somerville.  Agents had received numerous reports of drug activity happening at the home.

Agents took five men into custody, but charged four.  One of them, 62-year-old James Watson, is a convicted sex offender who had not registered his place of residency with Morgan County.  Sheriff Franklin said Watson had moved here from another state.  Watson's bond is set at $2,500.

L to R: Robert Daniel Keahey, James Watson, Brian Keith Partain and David Anthony Reynolds (Photos: Morgan County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies found at least one stolen vehicle, an active meth lab, multiple meth lab dump sites, a hand grenade and other explosives.  Thursday morning, they returned to the property to search for more evidence.

The stolen vehicle is a 2001 white Cadillac Seville that was reported stolen in Athens in August.

Keahey, the property owner, faces a number of charges:

  • Unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, 1st degree (methamphetamine)
  • Unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)
  • Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Receiving stolen property

Keahey could also face federal charges for having the military explosive device, and being a felon in possession of a firear.  His bond was set at $600,300.

Two other men, Brian Keith Partain and David Anthony Reynolds, were arrested and charged with loitering in a drug house.  Their bonds are set at $300 each.

Sheriff Franklin says more charges will be filed, and more people could face charges.