RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After a two day investigation, four Franklin County Alabama residents have all been arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine and the sheriff’s department is crediting alert citizens that didn’t look the other way, for the arrests.
Travelling down county highway 36 near the Rockwood community, most people wouldn’t think anything about a plastic bottle being thrown from a vehicle.
But on Sunday afternoon, a curious resident checked on a bottle that had been tossed and found a portable meth lab, then alerting deputies.
“During the process of locating them, they located numerous inactive meth labs that were thrown out on the side of the road,” explained Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver. “They still had substance in them were they had been mixed.”
According to Sheriff Oliver, while deputies were cleaning up the labs a citizen spotted the vehicle that allegedly dumped the shake and bake labs.
After arresting the two people in the vehicle, investigators were led to a home on Duncan Farm Road where more meth labs were found, along with two more people.
“There were a total of 30 that was located, a couple of them were active, but the biggest part of them that was on the side of the road was inactive, but they still had the chemicals in them.”
According to Investigators, Jeff Hargett, his wife Monica Young, John Oliver and his wife Addie are all facing numerous counts of manufacturing meth, attempt to manufacture meth and drug paraphernalia charges.
Sheriff Oliver says his department could use more calls from concerned citizens to help clean up the drug trade in their county.
All four people remain in the Franklin County Jail pending bond.