The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 19, 2014

Four charged with manufacturing meth; children at home

By Karen Middleton
news@athensnews-courier.com

— Four Limestone County people are facing a variety of drug charges after narcotics officers raided a suspected methamphetamine lab Tuesday, according to Limestone Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.

He said five children were also found to be living in the home where the meth lab was discovered.

“We had received complaints that there were people manufacturing meth at a residence at 26569 Overmeyer Lane,” said McNatt. “When our narcotics investigators arrived they found the residence occupied by four adults as well as two children who looked to be pre-school age.

“Investigators found parts of a meth lab and also smelled the odor of meth. All of the individuals were detained and officers obtained a search warrant. The search disclosed three active meth labs, meth precursors, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

“Officers contacted the Department of Human Resources about the children and while they were investigating three more children arrived by school bus. They were also turned over to DHR.”

Arrested were Jonathan Richard Gibson, 30, and Tiffany Rachel Gibson, 37, both of 26569 Overmeyer Lane, Athens, and Matthew Thomas Walker, 25, of 20005 Yarbrough Road, Athens, and Marlena Ruth Walker, 24, of 29106 Lakeview Drive, Ardmore.

Each was charged with first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Walkers both were released from jail on $56,000 bond each later Tuesday. The Gibsons remain in Limestone County jail in lieu of $56,000 bond each.