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Search yields three arrests

Published 12:28pm Saturday, March 30, 2013

Three individuals have been  arrested following a search of a residence on Farm Loop Road.

Investigator Cliff Scott with the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force said that operation was a result of an ongoing investigation.

“We received some information and executed a search warrant on Farm Loop Road around 2 a.m. Friday,” Scott said. “We confiscated approximately 115 grams of finished methamphetamine and methamphetamine oil.”

Meth oil, Scott said, is one of the final precursors to street-ready methamphetamine.

As a result of the search, Joshua Jay Mitchell, 29, of Alexander City, Michael Kyle Mitchell, 31, of Alexander City and Sherry Renee Graham, 27 of Kellyton, were arrested. All three were charged with trafficking of methamphetamine, first-degree manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Michael Kyle Mitchell received M. Mitchell received additional charges, racking up three counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

First-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine and trafficking of methamphetamine are both Class A felonies.

A conviction of trafficking of methamphetamine carries with it a three-year mandatory minimum sentence.

Scott said that there had been a recently active shake and bake style meth lab at the residence when the search occurred.

“The suspects tried to dispose of it,” Scott said. “They had it broken down and to the last stage when we arrived.”

Scott said they also confiscated suboxone films, a relatively new narcotic that looks similar to sublingual breath strips, which are becoming increasingly common for off-label use on the streets.

More charges may follow, Scott said, as there is still an investigation into possible other crimes committed.

The three are being held on $105,000 in bonds. As of press time, no additional bond had been announced for M. Mitchell’s three counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.

The Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task force was assisted by the Alexander City Police and Special Response Group.