DTF busts 8 active meth labs

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 13, 2013

Drug Task Force agents arrested eight people on a variety of drug charges Wednesday – six of whom were charged after agents discovered eight active meth cooks at a Harmony Community home.

“They say you can never go back, but it was like old times as several familiar faces huddled around two different drug scenes in Covington County,” Drug Task Force commander Mark Odom said.

Odom said when DTF agents, along with the help of three former DTF agents – Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson, Assistant Chief Paul Dean and Investigator Roger Cender – made the arrests.

Odom said that once inside the home, a search revealed an assortment of meth making related items and “among other things, eight separate “one-pot” methamphetamine cooks, various chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, finished product methamphetamine and smoking devices.”

Arrested there were Clay Anthony Stacks, 22; Janerious Michael Carter, 20; Jasmine Gatlin,18; Andrew Dwight Coon, 23; Joseph Taylor Spenard, 20; and Joshua Seth Spenard, 22. All six were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance I and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Each was booked into the Covington County Jail and held on a $550,000 bond.

“Meanwhile, Covington County Probation and Parole Officers were conducting a routine home visit on Tia Nicole Denmon in Opp when they found a vial containing methamphetamine,” Odom said.

There, the 31-year-old Denmon and 44-year-old Willie A. Henderson were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The two were taken to the county jail and held on a $13,000 bond each.

“I hate methamphetamine, and I am especially sickened when we find young people who are already enthralled by addiction,” Odom said. “Since the Drug Task Force was formed in 2000, we have fought the war on drugs, and we will continue to fight until they are eradicated.”