A report of a stolen portable basketball goal in Athens led to the Thursday evening arrests of three people on charges of making methamphetamine.

Capt. Stanley McNatt of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said narcotics investigators located the goal at a home at 311 Longview St. McNatt said officers had also received a tip about possible meth activity at the residence.

McNatt said as investigators pulled into the driveway of the home, they observed 46-year-old Christopher Todd Schuster and 52-year-old Elizabeth Dee Sutherland, both of 17984 Circle Drive, Athens, exiting the home. Investigators contacted the homeowner, 40-year-old Steven Dwight Woods, who gave them permission to search the home.

McNatt said the search yielded several bottles used in the manufacture of methamphetamine and a Mason jar containing Coleman fuel and finished meth product. He said several other items used to consume meth were also found, as well as precursors.

Athens Police were called in to recover the basketball goal, McNatt said.

Woods, Schuster and Sutherland were all charged with first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bond on the three suspects was set at $56,000 each, and all three remained in jail Friday morning.

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