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August 3, 2011

4 arrested in camper meth bust

ARDMORE — Four people are facing felony drug charges following a methamphetamine bust at a camper Tuesday afternoon northeast of Ardmore.

Limestone County Sheriff’s Lt. Lance Royals and Narcotics Investigator Johnny Morell went to a camper in a field off Old School House Road between 4 and 4:30 p.m. after receiving complaints about the occupant, Ryan Ashley Mitchell, 35, of 29723 Coggins Road in Ardmore.

“We had received numerous complaints about Ryan Mitchell cooking meth, having people over there and dealing meth, so Johnny and I went there and Ryan came to the door,” Royals said.

The investigators entered after receiving permission from Mitchell to search the camper, which is located on land owned by Mitchell’s father, the investigator said.

“When I walked in the camper, I noticed a bunch of needles and meth in plain view,” Royals said. “Johnny and I found about 4 to 5 grams of meth on him, more meth on the table and evidence of a recent meth lab where they had precursors (ingredients for making meth).”

One of the occupants, Beth Anne Hightower, 37, of 3227 Elkwood Section Road in Hazel Green, also had a pack of cigarettes containing Lorcet tablets and Zanax bars, Royals said.

Mitchell and Hightower were arrested on charges of first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia along with William David Duvall, 25, of 6245 Rime Village Road, Apt. 102, in Huntsville and Amelia Rae Hargrove, 23, of 27317 Miller Lane in Elkmont. Hightower also faces a second count of possession of a controlled substance.

Royals said Duvall and Hargrove were arrested because they were at the dwelling and “there were spoons with meth residue straws and syringes in plain view indicating they (the four occupants) were ready to shoot up or snort the drug.”

Duvall, Hargrove and Mitchell remained in the Limestone County Jail Wednesday afternoon, with bail set at $56,000 each. Hightower also remained jailed, with bail set at $61,000.

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