New Hope police bust meth lab, still looking for another suspect

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NEW HOPE, AL (WAFF) – New Hope police make one meth-related arrest and are working on a second.

The two suspects involved are neighbors on Hereford Street in New Hope. One was arrested at his home this afternoon, while the other is still on the run. Sgt. Steven Dick said Hereford Street was a long-time priority for the department.

Police took 43-year-old Kenneth Lee Dalton into custody at his home at 141 Hereford Street. Dalton is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Police are still after 33-year-old John Richard Guffey. Sgt. Dick pulled Guffey over Saturday afternoon, but he escaped into some nearby woods.

"He went back to the automobile, jumped in and took off," he said. "We led a pursuit quite a distance down Main Drive and then on towards Marshall County. He jumped out of his vehicle with what appeared to be a possible meth lab."

Sgt. Dick said several unknowing citizens gave Guffey a ride to Marshall County, telling at least one of them he was involved in a four-wheeler accident.

With police after two of their neighbors for meth-related offenses, people we spoke to feared for their safety.

"If it explodes, it's going to hurt somebody so it's definitely a dangerous situation," said Hereford Street resident Michael Clifton. "I just hate it for the people involved."

A child was at Dalton's home at the time of the bust. She is being cared for by other relatives.

Police believe John Richard Guffey is in the Albertville area. He is about 5'10 or 5'11, 155 to 160 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing a white sleeveless t-shirt and stonewash blue jeans. Several people described him as having cuts and bruises all over, most likely caused during his escape into the woods.

Dalton is in the Madison County jail on a $200,000 bond.

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