CCSO arrests two in meth lab bust

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Aaron Lamar Rhodes and his wife Suzanne Callahan of the Bullock Community were arrested for the manufacturing of methamphetamine, second degree, and for possession of drug paraphernalia on Thursday, May 4, by the Crenshaw County Sheriff's Office, according to Crenshaw County Sheriff Charles West.

West said that Andy Compton, an Alabama probation officer who is assigned to Crenshaw County, obtained information about Rhodes and Tommy Hussey of the Weedville Community from the Covington County Drug Task Force. Compton notified Crenshaw County Investigator Ronnie White and Crenshaw County Sheriff's Deputy Jerry Pritchett. White and Pritchett located Rhodes and Hussey and charged them with driving without seat belts. At that time, they were given a traffic citation and released.

&#8220During the traffic stop, we observed that most of the items used to make meth were in the back of the truck in plain view,” White said.

Rhodes and Hussey were seen leaving another individual's home, according to White. A short time later, Rhodes was seen pulling into his home in the Bullock Community. At that time, White said a search warrant was obtained because of the information from Covington County and from his and Pritchett's personal observations.

Dozier Police Chief Glen Kimbro, Deputy Gary Peek, Investigator Robin Daniels, Compton, Pritchett and White searched Rhodes' residence and found chemicals to make meth and possible meth oil.

Compton, Daniels, Kimbro and White then proceeded to search Tommy Hussey's residence, but nothing was found. However, they located a meth lab in the woods approximately 50 yards from Hussey's residence. Hussey was not arrested, but charges may be forthcoming.

Rhodes and his wife, Suzanne Callahan, were arrested and are now in the Crenshaw County Jail.

&#8220I appreciate the cooperation of the Covington County Drug Task Force and the Dozier Police Department with this case,” West said. &#8220This is a prime example of what can be accomplished when all law enforcement agencies come together. I am proud of and appreciate everyone who helped to make this a successful and a safe operation.”