Six arrested on drug charges

Published 6:44 pm Friday, May 2, 2014

Clanton Police Department narcotics detectives arrested six people on drug-related charges April 26 in Clanton.

Barbara Jean Turk, Rodney Earl Headley, William Brian Smitherman, Veronica Elaine Benton, Cassie Lee Cleckler and Donna Jean Smitherman were arrested and charged on charges related to manufacturing methamphetamine, according to a CPD press release.

At about 4 p.m. April 26, detectives executed a search warrant at 716 Tippett Street in response to multiple drug complaints and recovered items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The ingredients were mixed and ready for cooking when detectives recovered them, the release said.

Detectives had been investigating this residence for several weeks and had made many drug-related arrests during the investigation.

Neighbors had repeatedly complained of odors and activities in the area.

“We are working very hard to combat this epidemic of labs that we are seeing,” Cpl. David Kline said. “Our number of labs so far this year is already exceeding last year’s numbers.”

The fumes generated by this type of operation are extremely hazardous and may remain in the house for years to come, the release said.

CPD is working with state lawmakers to pass a law to have houses that pose a toxic danger be torn down or cleaned up following a lab being located in the residence.

Currently, Alabama has no law to prevent the residence from being rented out to another person without disclosing the toxic history.