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Posted: Friday, October 20, 2006 12:00 am

An operational methamphetamine lab was shut down and its operators taken into custody Wednesday night by officers from the Coffee County Sheriff's Department and the Alabama Beverage Control Board Narcotics Unit.

Officers arrested five individuals at a residence on County Road 483 in Coffee County after they were found with methamphetamine as well as making the illegal narcotic.

An operational methamphetamine lab was shut down and its operators taken into custody Wednesday night by officers from the Coffee County Sheriff's Department and the Alabama Beverage Control Board Narcotics Unit.

Officers arrested five individuals at a residence on County Road 483 in Coffee County after they were found with methamphetamine as well as making the illegal narcotic.

"We arrived at the residence of Willy Ray Elmore to arrest Aubrey Dale Pike on felony warrants out of Covington County," said Neal Bradley, CCSD narcotics officer.

When officers arrived they smelled the distinct odor of methamphetamine, according to Bradley.

Officers entered Elmore's residence and saw Pike running into the bathroom.

Officer Chris Inabinett saw Pike, 32, possibly trying to destroy evidence, said Bradley.

Officers apprehended Elmore, 56, Pike, Luther Todd McCart, 34, Heather Nicole Russell, 26, and Hannah Roshelle Jones, 21.

"While further securing the scene, we saw containers of meth oil," said Bradley.

Officers also saw that the meth lab was operational and in production at the time they entered the residence.

The officers cleared the lab, a task that took approximately four hours, said Bradley.

"We also found several grams of the finished product in the residence," he said.

Elmore, McCart, Russell, and Jones are charged with manufacture of a controlled substance and trafficking in methamphetamine.

Both charges are Class A felonies.

Pike is also charged with manufacture of a controlled substance and trafficking in methamphetamine but also faces felony charges in Covington County for violation of probation and manufacture of a controlled substance.

The five were transferred to the Coffee County Jail.

For the charge of manufacture of a controlled substance bond was set for each of the five at $300,000.

McCart, Russell, and Jones received a bond of $500,000 for the charge of trafficking in methamphetamine.

Both Elmore and Pike received a $500,000 bond amount for the charge as well with the stipulation that $10,000 of the bond amount must be paid in cash.

Jones is currently the only individual who has made bond as of press time.

"I really appreciate the help from Scottie Ballard and Inabinett of the ABC Narcotics Unit and Jay Anderson and Chris Grantham of the CCSD for their help with the lab," said Bradley.

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