A man described by lawmen as a "known felon" and two other people were arrested in Marshall County recently, interrupting what appeared to be the manufacture of methamphetamine and the printing of counterfeit money.
According to a news release from the Marshall County Sheriff's Department,
"On May 13, 2009, the Marshall County Sheriff's detectives Norman Dalton, Keith Jolley, Bart Fagan, and Bob Johnson, along with the U.S. Marshals Service, and Cornersville Police Chief Todd Bone's K-9 unit went to .... attempt to arrest a known felon, Jason Kelley.
"The U. S. Marshals Service had an outstanding warrant on Jason Kelley out of Maury County and had information that Kelley was staying at David Orr's residence (on Orr Lane, Culleoka).
"Upon approaching the residence, detectives and agents surrounded in home. Orr came to the door and stated Kelley and his wife Jennifer Kelley ran to the back of the house.
"Agents entered the home and couldn't find the two subjects, but located a meth lab in the kitchen. While searching the property, Jason and Jennifer Kelley were seen lying in the grass up on the hill. All three subjects were detained for questioning. The 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force came to the location to clean up the meth lab.
"Jason Kelley had in his pocket four $100 counterfeit money, and Jennifer Kelley had in her truck three $100 counterfeit money. A computer and two printers were seized from the home."
Sheriff Les Helton said, "I would like to thank the U. S. Marshals Service, the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force, and the detectives of the Marshall County Sheriff's Department for their hard work and effort to safely apprehend these individuals."
David Carl Orr, 51, was charged with initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of Schedule II methamphetamine, and criminal simulation (counterfeiting). The affidavit of complaint, signed by Det. Fagan, on the criminal simulation charge states that Orr "did take part in making at least seven $100 counterfeit bills. His personal computer and inkjet printer was used at his residence to do this, with the intent to defraud or harm another."
Orr is out on bond, and Lewisburg attorney Bill Haywood has been appointed to represent him.
Jason Dean Kelley, 33, of Columbia, was charged with possession of Schedule II methamphetamine, initiation of the process of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal simulation.
The public defender's office has been appointed to represent Mr. Kelley.
Jennifer Michelle Kelley, 35, of Valley Creek Road, Culleoka, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, and criminal simulation. Fagan's affidavit of complaint on the criminal simulation charge states that the "counterfeit money was made in her presence and was done with the intent to defraud or harm another." Lewisburg attorney Jheri Beth Rich has been appointed to represent Ms. Kelley.
All three appeared in General Sessions Court on May 26 and June 2, and are due back in court on July 28.