DTF nabs 3 on meth charges

Published 12:04 am Thursday, February 21, 2013

An alleged meth maker and two others believed to be purchasing ingredients for meth manufacturing are behind bars after two separate incidents this week.

Drug Task Force agents arrested Bud Thad Grayson Wednesday morning after they identified him traveling on U.S. Hwy. 29 in Gantt.

According to reports, agents had information that Grayson had been manufacturing methamphetamine in the area, and they attempted to contact him.

When DTF agents went to ID themselves, Grayson fled in his vehicle.

During the pursuit, agents said Grayson threw an object out of his vehicle’s window, eventually abandoned the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, where he allegedly put up a brief struggle with law enforcement before being captured.

DTF agents found the object Grayson discarded —- a glass tube used for smoking and a plastic vial containing meth, which he admitted were his.

“When drugs consume a person, their decision-making abilities fail miserably,” said DTF Commander Mark Odom. “We saw evidence of this today. This incident proves that drugs are not only harmful to those who use them, but also to the people around them. He put every citizen of Covington County in danger when he chose to flee. Our agents came very close to being gravely injured by this person all in the name of narcotics.”

Grayson was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, attempting to elude and resisting arrest.

In a separate incident, the DTF arrested Tracy Green, 44, and Rusty Bryant, 33, both of Hartford for purchasing pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing.

Agents received a tip that the pair were in the Opp area and set up surveillance, where they witnessed the two go into an Opp pharmacy and leave.

Agents verified that Bryant purchased pseudoephedrine, and that Green attempted to purchase pseudoephedrine, but was over her legal limit.

The couple was stopped as they left the pharmacy, and agents recovered the purchase and upon further investigation, determined the two were purchasing it to make meth.

Both were charged with second-degree unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a drug paraphernalia. Their bonds were set at $250,000 each.