Meth lab found, 5 charged

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 30, 2010

A call over a loved one’s well being led to the discovery of a meth lab and the arrest of five people Tuesday.

Chief Deputy David Anderson said Wednesday that deputies were called to a home on Starlight Lane, located just off Hog Foot Road, to perform a “welfare check” on an individual.

When they arrived they found Rickey Joe Burgans, 36; Timothy Wayne Capers, 20; Christopher E. Capers, 26; Marilene Rose Mathews, 25; and Sylvia Denise Reaves, 27, as well an assortment of drug paraphernalia and controlled substances in plain view, Anderson said.

He said Drug Task Force agents were then contacted.

“During a search of the residence, deputies and DTF agents recovered numerous containers of what appeared to be meth, numerous precursor chemicals, smoking devices and marijuana,” he said.

Anderson said the five subjects were arrested, transported to the Covington County Jail and charged with first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree possession of marijuana. Total bond on the charges was $280,500 each.

In addition, Mathews was charged with giving false information to a law enforcement officer, which carries an additional $3,000 bond. She also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear from the Andalusia Police Department.