Chilton County Extension Agent faces meth charge

Published 12:39 pm Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Prattville man employed with the Chilton County Extension System faces a possession of meth charge in Autauga County.

Merrill Patrick Cook, 39, who lists an address in the 1900 block of Amber Rose Drive in Prattville, faces one count of possession of a controlled substance, according to court records.

Cook allegedly possessed methamphetamine, according to the arrest report.

Cook was arrested Aug. 12 and released from Autauga Metro Jail later that day after posting a $15,000 bond.

The arrest report stated that a quantity of methamphetamine was located inside Cook’s residence, and Cook was transported to the Autauga County Metro Jail “without incident.”

Cook works with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System as a regional extension agent II specializing in forestry, wildlife and natural resource management in the Chilton County ACES office, according to the ACES website.

Emery Tschetter, director of communication and marketing for the agency, said ACES had not been contacted by any law enforcement agency regarding Cook’s arrest.

“However, we fully cooperate if asked by the investigating law enforcement agency,” Tschetter said

Tschetter did confirm Thursday morning that Cook is still employed with ACES.

Cook is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 3 at 8 a.m. in Autauga County, according to court records.