Meth lab busted in Delina

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Marshall and Lincoln counties' detectives found an illegal drug laboratory in the Delina Community on Friday and a state hazardous materials service cleaned the area, according to Sheriff Norman Dalton.

William Dee Randolph, 30, 5313 Delina Road was arrested and charged with initiation of manufacturing methamphetamine, Dalton reported Tuesday. Randolph's bond was set at $25,000 and he is to appear in General Sessions Court on Sept. 28.

Detective Bob Johnson said he arrested Randolph at his place of work, a factory located in the Lewisburg Industrial Park.

"We let them bring him out to us," Johnson said. "He came willingly."

Randolph's mobile home is visible from Delina Road, the detective said, describing its location as "probably two miles" from the Lincoln County line and about a mile north of the store in Delina.

Another law enforcement officer said the mobile home is near Edward's Hollow Road just north of the county line.

The meth lab operation "wasn't big," Johnson said.

Methamphetamine can be manufactured in the trunk of a car.

"We found the area where he was dumping the chemicals" after the illegal drug is cooked. Byproducts of methamphetamine - "lithium from the batteries, coffee filters, things like that" - were found outside the mobile home.

"He had a burn barrel out there," Johnson said.

The 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force "usually handles the meth labs but they were tied up... but one of their agents did come out," Johnson said.

In a prepared statement, the new sheriff reported, "Detectives arrived at the scene and found a dump site where the chemicals used in making meth were dumped and also a meth lab. The lab was not in use at the time it was found. A state haz-mat crew was called in to clean up the chemicals used in making the meth."

Dalton said he appreciates the help from all departments involved "for their part in cleaning up and making an arrest on these charges... Our office is dedicated to taking crime and drugs off the streets of Marshall County.

"Anyone having knowledge of drug traffic or any other crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 931-359-4867," Dalton said. "Your call will be kept anonymous and will be forwarded to the proper authorities."

Dalton was instrumental in organizing Crime Stoppers in Marshall County.