Atmore man busted for meth

Published 3:53pm Thursday, November 21, 2013

An Atmore man was arrested on drug charges after police executed a search warrant at a residence on East Poplar Street on Wednesday evening.

Roland Terry Johnson, 52, was charged with first-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine, trafficking, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Atmore Police found methamphetamine cooking in the kitchen of the residence on the 600 block of East Poplar Street, said Scott Walden, an agent with the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force.

“We had done surveillance on the residence for several days based on the suspicious that methamphetamine was being manufactured,” Walden said.

Walden said a female in a white car was spotted Wednesday at 3 p.m., dropping off Sudafed — which contain a common ingredient in methamphetamine — at the residence.

“We got a tip that he was going to start to cook last night,” Walden said Thursday.

Walden said he got another phone call advising that three more vehicles arrived at the residence between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Police executed the search warrant at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Officers found Johnson near the stove in the kitchen, “preparing to do a meth cook,” Walden said.

“We placed him in handcuffs, took him outside and ventilated the residence,” Walden said.

Walden said a two-liter bottle, containing a methamphetamine lab, was also found in the kitchen. He said the contents of the bottle weighed 562 grams, which prompted the trafficking charge.

Walden said more than an ounce of the finished product was also found at the residence.


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