Water Meter Leads to Meth Lab Bust

Source: Russell County Sheriff's Office
Source: Russell County Sheriff's Office

By Lindsey Connell - bio | e-mail

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Russell County authorities have brought down another meth lab.

Police have arrested 43-year-old Heidi Smith and 39-year-old Bonita Strickland. They now face charges stemming from the manufacturing and possession of meth.

Police are also looking for 58-year-old Jimmy Mills, Jr. in connection with the crime.

Officials with the Russell County Sheriff's Department say investigators stumbled across the lab at their house on Flournoy Road in Crawford after the Utilities Department reported suspicious activity on the water meter after the water had been shut off for months.

"They were using several methods to cook methamphetamine and produce it- some of which are more dangerous than the other but they were actually using a very volatile, very dangerous way of making methamphetamine," Lieutenant Heath Taylor, Investigator with the Russell County Sheriff's Department.

Officers confiscated about 12 grams of meth and other materials used to make it.

The lab was busted by a new combined narcotics task force from Phenix City and Russell County.

Officials are trying to come up with a name for the unit, preferable stemming from an acronym like D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education).

They're asking for public input. You can email your ideas to lconnell@wtvm.com.