Routine traffic stop leads to meth bust

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 17, 2006

A routine stop for speeding by Crenshaw County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Grantham proved to be an arrest worth approximately $320,000 by weight in methamphetamine early Monday morning.

Deputy Grantham pulled over a 2003 Montero Sport that was driven by Jason Allen Williams, 29, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., at approximately 3:10 a.m. on Highway 331 between Luverne and Brantley. Tabitha Lynn Rhodes, 28, also of Fernandina Beach, was traveling in the vehicle with Williams.

&#8220I immediately noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle,” Grantham said. &#8220Plus, there was a strong chemical smell in the car that I recognized as probably being meth.”

Grantham said that the Luverne Police Department responded to his call for back up, and the vehicle was searched.

During the search, several marijuana cigarettes were found in the ashtray, and several marijuana plants and seeds were discovered in the interior of the vehicle.

Further investigation found what Grantham referred to as a &#8220portable meth lab.”

&#8220We even found written directions on how to make meth,” he said.

Grantham said that a large amount of meth was discovered inside an empty computer tower.

The couple will be charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, first and second degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as traffic citations for speeding and for improper equipment.

Williams and Rhodes will appear before Judge Tom Sport, who will then set their bonds.

&#8220Williams is already wanted in Georgia for a possession of a controlled substance charge and for a violation of probation in reference to a controlled substance charge in Florida,” Grantham said. &#8220I doubt he'll be going anywhere anytime soon.”

Crenshaw County Sheriff Charles West praised Grantham and the Luverne Police Department for the arrest.

&#8220This is a perfect example of how we are dedicated to doing what we can when it comes to dealing with meth users,” West said. &#8220We want citizens to be aware of such things as residences that keep odd hours, or if they see people constantly coming and going from a residence. Also, if you notice any strong, chemical or strange smells coming from a house, please contact the sheriff's department.”