Husband, wife arrested for meth

Published 1:24 am Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Gantt husband and wife are behind bars after Drug Task Force agents allegedly found a “shake and bake” meth lab in production in their home Monday.

DTF Commander Mark Odom said agents had received reports alleging Christopher and Amy Lisenba were making methamphetamine inside their Sanders Road home, just north of Gantt.

Odom said when agents approached the home, they saw items used to manufacture the drug “in plain view,” and, in turn, were able to obtain a search warrant for the home. Once inside, agents recovered a “one-pot,” or “shake and bake” lab from the home that was actually in production.

Odom said agents also recovered more than 28 grams of methamphetamine oil, lighter fluid, coffee filters, muriatic acid, drain cleaner, a marijuana smoking device containing marijuana residue and three firearms.

The Lisenbas were each charged with trafficking a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance I, possession of marijuana II and possession of drug paraphernalia. The two were booked into the Covington County Jail and held on a $790,000 bond each.

Odom said, in his opinion, the manner of making meth is becoming more and more dangerous.

“I’ve been working to combat drugs for almost 20 years, and this one pot method scares me,” he said. “It would have been very easy for someone to get hurt last night. With the pressure that builds up in the pot during this process, it is a bomb waiting to go off. If it had taken us much longer to locate the cook and relieve the pressure, this could have ended really badly.”

DTF Prosecutor Emmett Massey agreed with Odom.

“These one pot meth labs are deadly,” Massey said. “Shake and bake cooks put themselves and everyone around them in danger just so they can get high. The (district attorney’s) office does not take their callous disregard for life lightly.

“If you are caught cooking meth, you will go to prison,” he said.

Agents were assisted at the scene by the Covington County Sheriff’s Department, Covington County DA’s office, Covington County Department of Human Resources and the Gantt Volunteer Fire Department.