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'No-Tell' Meth Lab

By Glenn Collins
Thursday, May 3, 2012 | 12:05 PM

Haleyville Police, using tips as well as information from the Alabama Pseudoephedrine Database, arrested Matthew Wayne Tucker, 29, of Haleyville, Tuesday, and charged him with unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance second degree.

Police received information that indicated Tucker was making methamphetamine in a motel room. Sergeant Jason Williams and Officer Rodney Lewis then checked the National Precursor Log Exchange indicating Tucker had exceeded quantity limits.

Williams and Lewis, and also Lieutenant Tim Steien, went to the Imperial Inn in Haleyville to interview Tucker about his purchases. During the course of the interview, officers decided they had sufficient information to ask a judge for a search warrant, which they received.

At approximately 10:20 AM, Tuesday, the search warrant was executed on Imperial Inn Room #125, where Tucker and his girlfriend were staying. Police found enough evidence for them to take Tucker into custody and to charge him with manufacturing.

Also, police recovered items believed to have been stolen from Tucker's place of employment. Tucker was also charged with theft of property second degree. He was booked and transported to Winston County Jail.

When authorities find a “meth lab,” they leave a WARNING attached to the entrance indicating “... there still may be hazardous substances ...” present. The property owner is responsible for the inspection, remediation or clearance to safely occupy again.

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