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Raid at Autauga Co. home turns up crystal meth

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Left to right: Carl Piatt III, Jody Nelson, Anthony Cook (Source: Autauga County Sheriff's Office) Left to right: Carl Piatt III, Jody Nelson, Anthony Cook (Source: Autauga County Sheriff's Office)
AUTAUGA CO., AL (WSFA) -

Meth has become the drug of choice for many in Autauga County and beyond, the supply and demand creating a big business- one authorities want to put a dent in. Those efforts led to a sting operation at a home on Highway 31 North in Deatsville Friday and the discovery of ice, also known as crystal meth.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service, Alabama Department of Public Safety and the Autauga County Sheriff's Office surrounded a home at the corner of Highway 31 North and County Road 68 in Deatsville (2717 Highway 31 N) after officials says they received complaints about suspected drug dealing at the house which is located across the street from a church. Officials believe meth was being dealt out of the home and have had their eye on the location since December. 

"We had complaints up here. We were able to do some surveillance and get in here and do a search warrant. We have four people in custody right now and we do have a quantity of ice. It probably came out of Mexico. It might have gone through Georgia, Montgomery, we don't know but it more than likely came out of Mexico," said Chief Deputy Joe Sedinger with the Autauga County Sheriff's Office. "They were distributing."

Deputies searched the home and showed WSFA bags of crystal meth they discovered inside. Ice has a high street value, around $1,200-1,400 per ounce. 

Jody Nelson, 41, who lives at the home where the police operation unfolded, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Her bond was set at $5,000. 

Carl Piatt III, 29, of Deatsville was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and has a bond set at $5000.00

Anthony Cook, 41, of Deatsville was arrested on a Failure to Appear Warrant for the City of Prattville and has a $500 cash bond.

A fourth person was taken into custody at the scene but was not charged. 

The case is still under investigation. Sedinger said the suspects could face additional charges. Officials could not provide an exact amount or street value of the drugs that were seized.

It was the second meth bust in the county in the past week.

Last Friday, deputies uncovered what they say was a "shake and bake" operation at a home on County Road 83 in Jones.

The "shake and bake" process of cooking meth is simpler, faster and cheaper than more elaborate labs and consists of mixing cold pills and chemicals in a bottle. 

The target of their eight month investigation, John McCurdy, 54, is facing charges of Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). Officials said McCurdy was making and dealing meth. During his first court appearance, McCurdy denied dealing the drug, telling the judge he was only making it for his own use. 

"Meth is a big problem nationwide and of course it's here in Autauga County too, Montgomery, everywhere....We're just going to do the best we can to put a stop to it here in Autauga County," Sedinger said. "It's just the going drug right now. Years ago, it was crack and of course, marijuana. Meth right now is a growing drug and it's a dangerous drug."

Neighbors were happy to see the ongoing effort by police to rid their neighborhood of drugs and crime. 

"I think they should lock them all up. It's dangerous in general. What you have is people mixing all kinds of chemicals and selling it to the community and that's no good," said a local resident who declined to provide his name.

Sedinger urges citizens to contact the Autauga County Sheriff's Office with concerns about possible drug activity.

"The citizen tips, the neighbors help. They see the traffic and when you see traffic at one and two o'clock in the morning in and out, you know something is going on. And that's what we're encouraging the citizens to do. If they see anything, call the sheriff's office and we'll be glad to look into it," he said.

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