Three arrested in meth lab bust

Published 5:26 pm Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Three Clanton men were arrested last week after police found an active meth lab at a home on Temple Road.

On Aug. 4, Clanton Police Detectives went to a home on the 2,100 block of Temple Road around 5:15 in the afternoon to investigate a possible meth lab.

When they arrived at the house, detectives noticed an odor coming from the residence and determined an active meth lab was inside, according to Capt. David Clackley.

After getting a search warrant, the Bibb County Clandestine Lab Team assisted the city with the clean up and handling of evidence. Once the lab team determined the area was safe to enter, the house was searched.

Detectives recovered a “significant” amount of methamphetamine, bottles used to manufacture meth, several chemicals and other ingredients used to make meth, a handgun, a shotgun, a rifle, syringes, and a small amount of marijuana, Clackley said.

James Huey Wilson, Edward Gabriel Johnson and John Brandon Childress were all arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, drug trafficking, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

All three were placed in the Chilton County Jail under bonds of $73,000 apiece, Clackley said.

Clanton officers thanked Bibb County for their help with the case.

“We would like to thank the Bibb County Clandestine Lab Team for the assistance in this operation. This type of cleanup would be a financial burden on the city if this resource was unavailable,” said narcotics detective David Kline.

Clackley encouraged anyone with information on this case or any drug cases to contact the department. He said information from people in the community have helped in several cases this year.

Messages can be left anonymously at the department’s secret witness line by calling (205) 755-1416. Residents can also email

“Our detectives are working hard to improve our community every day, but sometimes our best information comes from concerned citizens,” Clackley said.