The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people in the New Harmony community Wednesday night. Deputies were investigating the theft of a four-wheeler, but came across a methamphetamine lab.
The four-wheeler had been stolen from the Dawson area. During the investigation, deputies went to a home on County Road 142. They found the meth lab at the home of Gary and Donna Martin.
Gary Neal Martin is 40 and Donna Gail Martin is 47.
Deputies called the DeKalb County Drug Task Force to the scene. Agents found eight one-pot meth labs, a small amount of finished product, drug paraphernalia and other items used in the manufacture of meth, according to DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris.
Agents also found 11 marijuana plants.
Deputies arrested the Martins, as well as Bobby Lewis Rains, who was at the home. Sheriff Harris said Rains had a small amount of meth and drug paraphernalia hidden on his four-wheeler.
The three suspects are charged with unlawful possession of controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. The Martins are also charged with second-degree manufacture of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
According to Sheriff Harris, Rains ran into the woods while investigators were processing the scene. During the search, they were led to another home on County Road 568, where they found Renee Stapler in possession of methamphetamine. Stapler is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
The search for Rains continued for several hours. They found him hiding in a bedroom at his home during the early morning hours. He is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree escape and third-degree theft of property.
The stolen four-wheeler finally turned up, too. Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies found it in the Asbury community on Thursday morning.
“It is not uncommon at all for burglary and theft investigations to lead to drug arrests during the course of investigation,” said Sheriff Harris.
Harris thanked Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls and his deputies for their assistance in finding the stolen four wheeler.