Authorities Find Crystal Meth In Drug Bust


By Catalina Trivino

CBS 8 is taking action against crime, riding with Autauga County deputies on a drug raid deputies say at a home were dealing thousands of dollars in drugs.

Authorities warned us to be very vigilant during this raid -- when we arrived on scene, and got out of the car authorities had their guns out ready for whatever was to come. Luckily, the raid ended peacefully -- but investigators say they found bags of crystal meth. And some neighbors say they never expected that house to get raided.

Anthony Shaffer lives just two doors down from where the meth bust happened. He says he's heard about the drug in the area, but the scene was too close for comfort.

"I knew there was something going around but not right next door to me," Said Shaffer.

Canine units searched the Marbury home, which is on the corner of Hwy. 31 and County Road 68.

"We run the dogs through the house to see if she could hit on anything as far as drugs the dog did indicate in a couple of the rooms in there," Said Autauga County Chief Deputy, Joe Sedinger.

And here's just a bag of what they say they found: Crystal Meth, also known as "Ice." While Sedinger would not specify how much was found, he says many bags were about this size. Sedinger says this bag alone is about $700 in street value.

Now, Jody Nelson and Carl Eugene Piatt, are charged with possession of a controlled substance. Deputies say they could face possible distribution charges. Shaffer says he didn't notice the extra traffic coming in and out of the home, a tip investigators say they got from several neighbors.

"I'm actually surprised. This is like a big wake up call," Said Shaffer.
"Citizen tips, you know, the neighbors see the traffic. When you see traffic at one or two o'clock in the morning in and out, something is going on," Said Sedinger. He says with meth becoming a bigger problem in the county he's just glad to get more of it off the street.

"Years ago it was crack and of course marijuana, but meth right now is a growing drug and a dangerous drug," Said Sedinger.

Two other people were taken in for questioning, but were later released.

U.S. Marshalls and Alabama State Troopers helped in the drug raid. Sedinger says the crystal meth they found today looks like it was made in a lab out of the country.

This is the second drug bust in Autauga County in a week. Call the sherriff's office at 365-3211 if you ever think you see drug activity.


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