DTF makes 3 meth arrests

Published 11:59 pm Thursday, May 28, 2009

Drug Task Force agents arrested three people Wednesday after the agents located a “one-pot method” methamphetamine lab on Easley Drive.

DTF agent Paul Hudson said agents were called to the home after a Sheriff’s Office deputy smelled the odor “associated with the manufacturing of meth” while attempting to serve a warrant at the home.

“When Ashley Wiggins answered the door, the deputy could smell the odor,” Hudson said. “When officers entered the residence they found Larry Sutley inside. In a search of the residence, agents found numerous items associated with the manufacture of meth. The lab was determined to be what is called the one-pot method of manufacturing methamphetamine.

“It’s a new method that’s being seen around the state,” he said. ‘It’s more dangerous than the old method. We’ve only seen two other cases that this one pot method was used in, but we feel there is more to come.”

Arrested were Larry Sutley, 55, of Elba, and Ricky Furlow, 28, of Andalusia and Ashley Wiggins, 27, of Andalusia. Each are charged with first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance held on a $320,000 bond. Additionally, Wiggins faces a failure to appear charge and Furlow a violation of probation charge.

“There may be more arrests to follow,” Hudson said.