DTF arrests 3 for meth use

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 18, 2009

Drug Task Force agents busted an Andalusia couple Wednesday while they were allegedly in the process of making methamphetamines.

DTF agent Paul Hudson said agents went to the Antioch Road home of Kenneth Davidson, 45, and Deana Leavins, 25, to investigate allegations the couple was illegally manufacturing drugs.

Their suspicions were confirmed, he said.

“When agents arrived, they made contact with the couple inside the home,” Hudson said. “They were in the process of breaking down the pseudoephedrine pills and had a red phosphorous extraction sitting on the table.”

Hudson explained “breaking down pseudo pills” is the first phase of producing meth and involves separating the pseudoephederine — the main chemical in meth — from the material that binds the tablet together.

Hudson said agents obtained a search warrant for the residence and discovered bi-layered liquid, several more pseudoephedrine extractions, more red phosphorous extractions, iodine crystals and other chemicals used in the manufacturing process.

Both Davidson and Leavins were arrested and charged with trafficking a controlled substance, first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Each was booked in the Covington County Jail and held on a $900,000 bond.

In an unrelated incident, DTF agents also arrested a Lockhart man that same day, also for allegedly manufacturing meth.

Billy Wayne Benson Jr., a 47-year-old resident of Marsha Road, was jailed after he allegedly refused entry to DTF agents when they arrived at the door and could smell the “odor associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamines,” Hudson said.

After obtaining a search warrant for the home, agents located paraphernalia that had been used to ingest meth, as well as other items used in its manufacturing.

Benson is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstruction of governmental operations and held on a $16,000 bond.