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Task force busts meth lab

Published 11:17am Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Tallapoosa County Narcotic Task Force made one arrest yesterday and halted an active methamphetamine lab while serving a search warrant at the 700 block of East Pine Street.

Derrick Gillum, 31, of Alexander City, was arrested and charged with first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

First degree manufacturing of methamphetamine and trafficking of methamphetamine are both felony offenses, while both possession charges are misdemeanors.

Investigator George Long said that officers found a “shake-and-bake” style lab in operation inside the residence, which also extended outside.

“These shake-and-bake labs are really common in our area,” Long said. “We are seeing a shift from so-called Nazi-labs or red phosphorus labs to the one pot (shake and bake) method.”

Long said that the one pot method is becoming more prevalent because it requires significantly less equipment and is easier.

Authorities said they confiscated 46 grams of meth oil – a substance that is only a step or two away from being ready to sell.

No money or firearms were confiscated from the scene, but authorities did seize several items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Gillum was transported to the Tallapoosa County Jail. As off 5 p.m. Friday, Gillum was still in police custody and no bond had been set.