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PRICHARD, Alabama — Four men were arrested after investigators discovered they were making and selling methamphetamine near a child development center and an elementary school, according to the Mobile Police Department.

Rodger Bratcher, 45, Shane Holmes, 37, Shawn Goertz, 31 and Jasper Lovett, 21, were arrested and charged with first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


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Shawn Goertz, 31, was arrested by Mobile County deputies on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Bratcher was also charged with trafficking methamphetamine while Holmes was picked up on five misdemeanor warrants and an additional charge of distribution of a controlled substance.

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Rodger Bratcher, 45, was arrested by Mobile police on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
Around 12 p.m. on Thursday, members of the Mobile County Street Enforcement Narcotics Team executed a search warrant on the 600 block of Tobes Court, where they found several mobile meth labs, more than 28 grams of meth and $167 in cash, according to Cpl. Christopher Levy, public information officer for MPD.

Officials also seized a 1995 Dodge Dakota and other items used in meth manufacturing, including salt generators, pseudoephedrine pills, lithium batteries, coffee filters and Coleman fuel.

“One pot” meth labs make a few hits of methamphetamine in a two-liter soda bottle, usually using household chemicals and cold pills. As with other methods of meth manufacturing, the process is incredibly dangerous.

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Jasper Lovett, 21, was arrested by Mobile police on Thursday, March 28, 2013
Officials said the meth operation was discovered less than 100 yards from a child development center. Booking records show one of the suspects lives at a home on Tobes Court which is approximately 105 yards from the House of Hope Child Development Center and 230 yards from Ella Grant Elementary School.

Booking records show Bratcher has no known prior arrests in Mobile County.

Lovett has been arrested six times since 2011, mostly on theft charges. In 2012, he faced charges of possession of marijuana and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Goertz has been arrested 10 times since 2001. Like Lovett, a majority of his arrest record includes charges of theft. In 2012, he faced charges of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Shane Holmes, 37, was arrested by Mobile police on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
Holmes has been arrested 21 times since 1993 on a range of charges, including assault, fraud, theft and escape. 

He has not been charged with drug-related crimes before in Mobile County.

All four suspects remain in jail as of 11:10 a.m.


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